Jeffrey Dickerson is the Providence-born designer whose love for fashion grew out of his love for construction and whose talent was born from his innate creativity and his studies at The School of Fashion Design Boston.
Here is our interview with Jeffrey:
When did you know you wanted to be a fashion designer?
I didn’t know exactly when I wanted to do fashion design. I needed to find an outlet to be creative and found that this school offered just fashion related courses and I had already knew how to sew so it seemed to be a perfect match. It wasn’t until I actually started classes that I realized that I actually like doing this and could be creative and enjoy working.
Where do you get inspiration?
I get my inspiration from a lot of things. My aesthetic tends to be very classic (Christian Dior, Chanel, Valentino) and then I mix it with different ideas that I have or trends that are big at the moment.
What drives your work ethic?
I am naturally a work oriented person. My parents work hard and that has rubbed off on me. When I have an end goal/deadline in mind, nothing can stop me from reaching/completing it.
How have you developed as an artist over the years?
I started with being very wild as a designer because I could while I was in school. I then realized that what I was designing looked great in photos but I couldn’t sell them. I started creating more wearable and sellable designs. They still have an interesting flare but they can but used more often.
Photo Courtesy of Mike Yeager Photography
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned since entering the fashion industry?
The biggest lesson I’ve learned is you have to be nice to any and every one. This is a competitive field, but being that person that thinks they are better than everyone else isn’t going to get you far. Meeting every person that is in this business and being kind to them can get you great opportunities that you might not ever get on your own.
How would you describe your brand?
I’d like to think my style is classic silhouettes with modern twists in fabric choices and styles.
Do you have any rules you live by, fashion or otherwise?
Be a kind person. No one dislikes the person who smiles and is uplifting. I wouldn’t have had the amount of opportunities that I’ve had so far if it wasn’t because of positive energy.
If you could have any celebrity spokesmodel, who would it be?
I do love Lady Gaga and her style. She would be the true definition of my style. She can be very classic and very avant-garde and I try and mix those two styles together.
What are your plans for the future?
My future can go two ways: I will either establish myself and try to create my own brand or I will work with a company becoming someone of importance in the construction aspect, since that is what I am best at.
Who are your favorite designers and why?
Alexander McQueen. When he was alive, he made the most beautiful and interesting clothing. He was a tailor by trade and his work definitely proves that. McQueen’s style still lives on today. I still love the ideas that the new creative director, Sarah Burton, comes up with it. It is true to his work.
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