"I'm still defining myself as an artist. Fashion for me is not only about the clouting, is part of art which contains several fields I love. "
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Tell us about yourself. (Name, Age, Location) Rafael Jakimiuk I'm 36 based in London Actually, professionally between London and Milan
At what age did you start becoming fascinated with fashion?
I was fascinated by fashion since I remember it was around five years old.
My family is arty and since I've remembered my mum was always reading art history books, buying paintings, etc.
After high-school, I decided to study Fine Arts - Painting in Academy of Fine Arts in Ludz - Poland
Then I've done few internships and finally landed in London where I've graduated from UAL. Costume design in Wimbledon College of Art. Along the way, I also studied creative fashion design in Academia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan.
During that time I've realised that fashion as every single art, field required lots of knowledge and skills which are crucial for the future.
How did you prepare for a career in styling?
It happened when I decided to do the sign for my first fashion course in Chelsea College in London.
Someone ask me to help with a final project of styling ideas for photo shot which came up really interesting and different. Straight after I've got into books of BMAmodel, then BMAartists in London. I also collaborate with several fashion agencies in Milan.
How do you stay updated on the current trends?
I live in London, so that's quite easy as this city feeds of fashion. Streets of London and Milan are the most vital inspiration for my work.
In my opinion, fashion trends are products of mass media, which I don't believe.
Trendy people are open for new and have a distance to themselves. It's art job where the human body is a piece of blank canvas you start from. Your style reflects your personality and character.
How important is Fashion Week for you?
London Fashion Week is a great place to network.
As every fashion week contains all designers from around the world as well as leading fashion houses.
Fashion Week is a great event to celebrate fashion and people who are creating fashion. I love to watch people who are coming for fashion shows as they look like a piece of art themselves.
What is your dream job?
At the moment I'm not quite ready to launch my label.
I'm still defining myself as an artist. Fashion for me is not only about the clouting, is part of art which contains several fields I love.
However, at the moment I'm still discovering myself in fashion. The best place for gaining experience and knowledge is Milan as fashion in Italian culture is in their blood.
I'd love to work for Dolce & Gabbana in the next season as I'm impressed by their attachment into Italian folk couture.
I also admire Antonio Berardi for his detailing and great visionary way of creating shows.
What have you learned from mistakes on the fashion creative director job?
I'm always trying to be on set early morning in case if something goes unscheduled.
I'm in really close friendship with modelling agency's, what allows me to have access to new faces etc.
I'm open to working with new unknown talents and president their work along with already famous brands.
What are your plans for the future? Where do you see yourself taking your designing career?
I'd like to launch my brand.
For me, fashion is more about characterisation and uniqueness rather then being fashionable in common sense.
I'm always inspired by ordinary looking people with great personalities.
Name the top three things in your designing kit that are must-haves?
sketchbook, camera, safety pins, pins, business cards, etc ...
Tell us your most unforgettable experience as a designer?
My first fashion exhibition during Milan fashion week in Museo di Triennale (2013)
Favourite all time designer? Mcqueen, Antonio Berardi, Gareth Pugh.
Advice for the up-and-coming fashion designer up there?
Newer gave up your dreams. Believe in yourself, be curious and experiment.
Natalia Bieganska. I'm a great fun of her always.
Favourite makeup artist?
Kassie Bloom, Ellen von Unwerth, Peter Lindbergh, Russell James, Mark Albert, Lindsay Adler, Kat Pfeiffer, Julian Galdo and Cody Cloud.