Fashion Week Q&A with Tatiana Cochagne

By: Rachel Handel Filed under: Fashion

January 28, 2016

Peruvian born Tatiana Cochagne will debut her collection, “Eterna,” at New York Fashion Week. She gained her love of fashion from her grandmother, who created clothes for Tatiana and other family members. “[My grandmother] showed me how to hand stitch and hand embroider. She [also] introduced me to the craft of making my own thread from the cotton raised on her farm,” Tatiana says.

Tatiana is a current student at The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, pursing a Bachelor of Science in Fashion Design. Her goal is to have her own fashion house—and to teach fashion. “[I want to] pass along my skills for the younger generation.”

What inspired the “Eterna” collection?

My inspiration for this collection was Queen Elizabeth I. For me, Queen Elizabeth represents power, elegance, and beauty. [She] was married to her country, and I am married to my profession of being a designer.

I wanted to capture the essence of time with a modern twist—and represent my desire for elegance and beauty. The corset silhouette accentuates the female form elegantly, and the use of contemporary looks and fabrics complement my collection. The textiles, silhouette, colors, and the hand of fabric are the main focus of my aesthetics.

How did you begin the creative process?

Eterna Collection was a three month process. It was born in my Senior Studio Concepts class. During this period of time, I had to research concepts for my collection. I chose to use Queen Elizabeth’s fashion looks as my source of inspiration. I love that period of time for the elegant and elaborate dresses that were constructed.

How did your Fashion Design education help you to design the collection?

My Senior Studio Technical and Production class was the time when [everything came together]. What I’d learned the previous years, such as pattern making, draping, and sewing, I was able to utilize to create patterns for dresses in my collection.

How important was it for me as, a designer to be able to design a beautiful dress, make the pattern, sew it, and then deliver it? It was a priceless moment.

How will you be feeling as your designs hit the runway?

Before an event, I take 15 minutes of mental relaxing. [Then] I am ready to roll and ready to function in a proper manner to solve any difficulties.

What would you tell current fashion students?

I encourage my fellow fashion design student to never give up. We can accomplish our dreams through hard work and discipline. Error and practice makes us better in our craft, but mostly we must have faith in ourselves and our skills as designers and builders. Then we will see that hard work and sacrifice pay off.

Which designers, blogs, or publications inspire you?

[I’m inspired by] Emilio Pucci, Alexander Mc Queen, Doneger Creative Service, and WGS.

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By: Rachel Handel Filed under: Fashion

January 28, 2016

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