Featured Fashion Designer: Misha Ursu

"The main source of inspiration behind my design universe is death and its variations."

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Tell us about yourself, why you are passionate about what you do, and your journey so far. I chose fashion design because I highly disagree with the fashion industry. It has become one of the most toxic industries, which triggered my need to bring back the true essence of clothing creation. The main source of inspiration behind my design universe is death and its variations. It is not the physical act itself that triggers my inspiration, but the fact that we know nothing about this topic, thus representing the biggest fear of mankind. I choose to be destructive and constructive in the same time. What are your goals and how do you see yourself progressing in the field? I aim for authenticity in everything I do. I believe the value behind a creative work lies in the essence, and not the appearance. In the fashion field, everything revolves around appearances - which has triggered a subtle sense of rebellion in me. I wish to rebel against superficiality and militate towards emotion and essence. How do you communicate with people? Are you patient? Are you friendly? How open are you to clients’ requirements? The relationship between me and the people I target with my work is one of the most valuable gift I could ever wish for. If possible, I would like to have a deep connection with every single one of my clients. Once they choose to step into my design universe, they choose to look into my deepest emotions and thoughts. After such an experience, it's impossible for me not to welcome that client with the warmth of a long-lost friend. If you had to do it over again, what would you change? I wouldn't change any experience I had so far, but perhaps I would change my mental approach to some of them. I have no regrets, but I wish sometimes I would be able to look at some experiences in a completely objective way. Who is your hero, and how have they helped you get to where you are? I have never considered anybody to be my hero. I always had this idea that my path is individual and personal, thus I have never aspired to other people's paths. Despite that, I do find a lot of persons to be deeply inspiring - those people that remain true to their own path and embrace their particular authenticity. How important are creative education courses? Have you taken any, and did you find them useful? I have graduated a bachelor degree in fashion design so far. I couldn't be more grateful for that. I think educational courser are an essential step in the journey of self-discovery and self-understanding as a designer. The offer the safest platform where you can experiment and take risks. Do you have any tips for someone who is just starting out in the industry? Out of personal experience, I would just say they should stop thinking about what kind of designers they would like to be. That is subconsciously limiting. Keep your mind open and fluid. This ways you absorb more and discover more. There is plenty of time to take decisions later.

Photo Credits: Photographers: Dumitrita Negoita @dumitrita_negoita Janis Zirnitis @janispellet Contact Details: Instagram: @mishaursu Email: misha.ursu94@gmail.com


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