TONI MATICEVSKI – Interview with the Prolific Australian Designer

Toni Maticevski
Toni Maticevski working on a sublime creation. Image courtesy of the Herald Sun.

1. WHERE DO YOU DRAW MOST OF YOUR INSPIRATION?

It’s primarily from music and things that grow around me. Nature is probably the most inspiring thing ever. It’s the most intriguing and weirdest thing you can find and see.

2. WHAT IS ICONIC TO YOU AND WHY?

I don’t know. I don’t spend too much time thinking about it. I mean if anything I would say Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Elvis you know the same old.

3. IS IT AN AMBITION FOR YOU TO DESIGN FOR A FAMOUS FASHION HOUSE OR DO YOU PREFER TO FOCUS ON YOUR OWN COLLECTION?

I wouldn’t say no if the opportunity presented itself, again I would if I didn’t think I would do a good job for it. I’d love to be working with people who have the same vision or affinity. I love being able to also focus on my own line, its complete unrestricted freedom, and its rare in this profession.

4. WHERE ARE YOU CURRENTLY BASED?

Between Melbourne and Los Angeles.

5. WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO ACHIEVE WITH YOUR DESIGNS – BOTH AESTHETICALLY AND EMOTIONALLY?

Can’t answer. It kind of kills my idea if I talk about certain aspects of my work. Some things don’t need to be explained, some things are better left to the imagination of the beholder, and some things work better and are truer when not over analyzed.

6. TELL ME A BIT ABOUT YOUR LATEST COLLECTION.

Ha-ha, which one? Have just finished working on four collections. Two for Myer and two for a company, which I am a contracted designer. As for the other four I have on the go right now. They’re not done so I don’t talk about them.

7. AND FINALLY, WHAT IS NEXT FOR TONI MATICEVSKI – THE MAN AND THE LABEL?

I am desperate for a little break. I hope to have a week off after fashion week in New York in September, re-group and be a little more centered. Maybe some free time to paint.

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Toni Maticevski creation,modelled by Alexandra Agoston. Image courtesy of dailylife.com.au.

 

QUICK RANDOM ONES

ALL TIME FAVORITE DELICACY?

Chocolate.

FAVOURITE SUPER HERO?

Superman.

WHAT ALBUM IS DOING THE ROUNDS IN YOUR CAR/ IPOD OR STEREO?

Ciara.

FAVORITE BUILDING OR STRUCTURE IN MELBOURNE?

The NGV international.

KEY LOOK FOR SPRING/ SUMMER 09/ 10 FOR MELBOURNE AND THE REST OF THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE?

Does anyone care? Do what you feel I say.

WHICH UP & COMING MELBOURNE DESIGNER SHOULD WE BE KEEPING AN EYE OUT FOR?

I wish I were in the loop to know.

 **THIS INTERVIEW CAN ALSO BE VIEWED VIA THE MFD SITE – http://www.mfdirectory.com/interviews.
THANKS TO ANGELIQUE MAX, EDITOR OF MFD, FOR ARRANGING THE INTERVIEW.
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