BS: When were you absolutely sure you would be a designer? Did you jump to the occasion immediately?
Patrice Goodluck: When I was 9 years old I decided to be a Fashion Designer. I didn’t jump into design it immediately, I first went to college for Law and Business Management then after I went to an art school and studied Fashion Design.
BS: What steps did you take in the beginning to become a designer? How do you go about getting recognition for your work?
Patrice Goodluck: I went to school and that was the first step into my career. as for recognition I do not believe I’ve been recognized for my work, I feel there’s a lot more work that need to be done for that to happen.
BS: Were there times you felt like giving up? How did you encourage yourself to keep going?
Patrice Goodluck: Honestly I never had a moment where I felt like giving up and looking at how much school cost me I don’t think I’ll ever have a moment where I will feel like give up. *chuckles*
BS: Would you say designers of color receive the recognition they deserve in the world of Fashion?
Patrice Goodluck: I feel there isn’t enough recognition for black designers in the industry, I can’t even name any big name designers who are black. I can’t think of any.
BS: What would you say are the top four key essential points to keep in mind as a designer?
1. Stay true to your self and to your craft
2. Just do it! If you feel like making something just make it
3. Learn the Business
4. keep up with the trends
BS: We know your clothes are of Avant Garde style, do you plan on designing other styles?
Patrice Goodluck: I really don’t plan things, planning to me is like planning a kids birthday party. I feel like if you plan things you always know the out come and that’s something I’m not trying to do, I rather just go with the flow. So to answer the question planning to me is not in my vocabulary. I like to be free design wise.
BS: You have been righteously crowned the “Queen of Zippers”. Can you please share how you’ve come about receiving that title?
Patrice Goodluck: LOL! Wow, I never knew I was the “Queen of Zippers”. I hear people say it, but I’m still waiting on my crown lol. As for the Zipper concept that came about in my last semester in college where I had to create three looks to present with my portfolio. It was then I decided I didn’t want to use fabric I wanted to create my own textile, so I created a line of zippers.
BS: Would you agree that it is imperative for a designer to capture their own sense of style in regards to designing? Why?
Patrice Goodluck: Very much so, I feel that you have to have your defined style in order to be excluded from the rest. To differentiate yourself and stand out. Standing out is a good thing in this industry.