Designer Judy Gao. Image supplied.
Judy Gao is a self-taught designer who founded her eponymous couture label in 2017. She will be making her New Zealand Fashion Week debut with her label in the New Gen Emerging Couture show later this month. Every garment is handmade by Judy in elegant shapes that are flattering and beautifully finished.
We caught up with Judy to find out more about her brand, what inspires her and what you would never catch her wearing!
Tell us about your latest collection?
My latest collection is about experimenting with new techniques that I’ve learnt and creating dramatic pieces that I’ve dreamed about making. This is my first collection being showcased on the runway so I want to make a great first impression. Every piece is special and has a lot of detail and heart put into it.
What made you become a designer?
Designing is a way of expressing myself and having a creative outlet. I just love how fashion can transform someone’s confidence and that’s something that has helped me grow into a more confident person.
What inspires you?
I’m inspired by the blend of nature and architecture. I love the texture of flowers and leaves, and I love to incorporate those details in my designs. And I’m always inspired by the amazing brands (Elie Saab, Alexander McQueen, Ralph & Russo etc). I like to see what they’re up to.
Gown by Judy Gao.
Describe your personal style and how it influences your designs?
My personal style is very monochromatic, simple, and fitted and that’s what I stick to with my designs. Although my designs are not simple in that sense, but I make sure there’s not too much going on.
What is your all-time favourite purchase?
My new sewing machine. I recently upgraded from a domestic and I’m never going back!
What wardrobe item should everyone invest in?
A pair of good quality shoes. It finishes the outfit and comfort is also very important
Do you have a style rule you always obey?
Wear something to flatter your figure and that makes you feel confident and amazing.
Gowns by Judy Gao.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
Seeing customers try on my gowns. It’s so rewarding seeing their reactions and how beautiful they feel in it.
What can’t you live without?
My glasses. I’m really blind
Finish this sentence – You would never catch me wearing…
A frilly pink dress.