Majoring in Fine Arts with a minor in Textile &Apparel Management, Junior Alison Turner is making her mark on the University of Missouri campus by showcasing her brand AlisonNosila through her official launch. I got a chance to speak with Ms. Turner and not only did I learn more about Nosila, but throughout the interview, I got to learn more about the Fashionista. One thing I can tell you for sure: She is driven, motivated, and destined for greatness!
Dreana: Nosila, where did the name come from?
Alison: I developed the name in high school. I was playing around with my name and that is how Nosila came about. It is Alison backwards. Alison and Nosila…. It is like mixing edgy and flirty. It expresses the two personalities within me.
Dreana: And what is the difference between Nosila and other brands?
Alison: The difference between Nosila and other brands is the fact that nothing can ever be made from my inspiration besides Alisonnosila brand. I can say the brand has a bit of my edgy yet girly visions but that would just be what I make of it. I want the consumer to push a positive concept of the brand as far as possible.
Dreana: Where do you get your design inspiration?
Alison: Most of my inspiration comes from my artwork. In addition to that, magazines and color pallets and basically anything I see. If I see a cut out design on the runway it inspires me for ready-to-wear collections. My artwork inspires me as well.
Dreana: Who are some of your favorite designers?
Alison: Betsey Johnson, Alexander McQueen and Zac Posen. All of them have an artistic approach to their design. They have excellent choice of colors and their creativity is amazing. Those three are my inspiration as well.
Dreana: When did you realize you wanted to become a fashion designer and what was the first article of clothing you ever designed?
Alison: I realize I wanted to become a fashion designer when I was in the Visions Fashion show. Although I always design for myself, after I was asked to showcase my clothing, that opportunity pushed me to do it. They, actually my friend Oghosa, were telling me that I should do it. So I took their advice and after that… I was inspired. My first design was a pair of jeans in high school. I sewed magazine covers to my jeans and wore them to school. (Laugh) I literally wore anything to school.
Dreana: Fashion….what does it mean to you?
Left to Right: “Bella Donna” Dress Shirt/“Danie” Pants. “Bolero” Jacket/“Danie” Pants
Alison: Fashion is art and expressing you creativity through dress. Fashion is also a lifestyle because we wake up everyday choosing what we wear.
Dreana: What are some of the advantages in being a designer?
Alison: The best thing is to actually see your work. When people walk down the runway and others witness your hard work: the sewing, preparing, investing, you notice all of that and it is like seeing your baby grow up. It is good to hear the feedback and to notice people enjoy your designs.
Dreana: What kind of advice would you give to someone wanting to start a career in fashion?
Alison: That you cannot give up. Always keep it moving… keep going. Do not be afraid of express yourself with your ideas and creativity.
Dreana: How do you balance your schoolwork and Nosila?
Alison: Schoolwork always comes first for me. At first it was difficult to balance the two due to my hectic three-hour art studio classes but now I’m more aware of my time. Usually shows I have done been during the summer and around the school breaks so It all falls in place at times. Sewing the clothes takes up a lot of my time and energy but with a lot of rest and meditation I stay balanced with the two.
Dreana: What do you wish people would understand about working with fashion?
Alison: That it is hard work. A lot of hard work.
Dreana: I applaud you for your hard work. Do you feel you are prepared to work in the Industry?
Alison: I feel like no one is really prepared. It is such a hectic industry. But I feel since I got an internship with Betsey Johnson for the summer of 2011, I have to be ready.
Dreana: Congratulations on the internship! So you will be in New York City…. What trends do you see being big for the summer of 2011?
Alison: Mid drift tanks, a lot of high wasted pants, tube and maxi dresses
Dreana: Finally, tell me more about your launch party and why people should come?
Alison: The launch party is Saturday April 30, 2011 from 8:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. It is open to the public and FREE. There will be free giveaways and a fashion show presenting summer collections and a lot of other season’s work with my line. There will be food, drinks and a live DJ. People should come out and enjoy this launch because we always need a pop of fashion once in a while. Alisonnosila is a fashion brand but it also reflects artistic value. The experience of seeing someone else’s vision come to life brings so much inspiration.
Now that gets 3 sNaPz