By means of her deft contact as a designer, Aimee Nielsen brings collectively a symphony of colors, textiles, and methods to craft clothes and clothes that not solely make the wearer look good, however assist them embody the individual they at all times dreamed of being. Her newest assortment — the gender-bending Distancia — is a glance into what was seeping into Nielsen’s thoughts through the lows of the pandemic. The phrase means ‘distance’ in Spanish, pulled straight from the swirling feelings felt within the aftermath of the pandemic. The clothes discover the emotion of two people desperately making an attempt to come back collectively — each individually and collectively — within the wake of distance separating them.
Schön! chats with designer Aimee Nielsen to debate her new assortment, her design inspirations, and extra.
You studied on the Trend Institute of Know-how — how did that studying surroundings assist encourage you and form your designs?
Finding out on the Trend Institute of Know-how in New York Metropolis was the most effective experiences of my life. The educational surroundings there gave me the artistic freedom to delve deep inside myself to learn to harness my emotions and translate the sentiments and experiences into designs. That is at all times one thing I faucet into when I’m creating and designing. The educational surroundings additionally gave me the required instruments of garment building for something that I’d have the will to make. Because of this, I at all times give nice significance to how a garment is constructed. Whereas the varsity was not simple, the expertise gave me the instruments to be the perfect designer I may be. I’ve at all times carried with me every little thing I discovered whereas at FIT and I’m grateful for the chance I used to be given. I nonetheless even have all my notes and assignments from my courses, and I even now discuss with them every now and then.
What would you say your model’s ethos or mantra is?
Three locations have been essential in your improvement — Iowa, New York, and now Miami, the place you reside. How have these three locations influenced or impressed your designs?
I grew up in Iowa and my work ethic was formed by my upbringing in Iowa. I used to be additionally concerned in loads of sports activities in Iowa, which finally led to me working observe and cross nation in faculty. Being concerned in athletics for thus lengthy influenced my curiosity in stretch/knit materials and I’m at all times considering of various methods I can design utilizing that material. My household on each side of my household immigrated to the U.S. and finally ended up in Iowa. Once I return there to go to, I at all times really feel linked to my ancestors, and my household, and impressed by the gorgeous open landscapes in Iowa. Being in New York for trend college was an incredible expertise for me and it was the results of me following my desires to pursue my ardour for design.
In New York, I used to be instantly immersed in fixed inspiration which gave me the power to pursue my model. New York Metropolis will at all times be a particular place to me and a spot I discovered myself. Miami is a spot I’ll at all times maintain in my coronary heart. I’m at all times moved by the gorgeous shades of the ocean and the totally different vegetation in Miami. Miami additionally has electrical energy that’s inspiring in itself.
Your designs discover totally different sides of womenswear and menswear; you combine totally different textiles and mix methods to develop gender-neutral designs. As a designer, why is it essential so that you can do that?
As a designer and for myself it’ll at all times be essential for me to combine totally different textiles and use totally different design methods in my designs as a result of it’s who I’m as a designer. I like gender-neutral designing because of the versatility and the artistic problem it affords me. I discover magnificence and inspiration in mixing textiles and methods that one wouldn’t count on would work collectively. I’m at all times making an attempt to develop concepts in design and create one thing totally different.
You discover inspiration in structure, geometrics, pure patterns and historic occasions. The place did this curiosity come from and the way do you implement these pursuits into your work?
I’ve at all times had an curiosity in historical past and studying in regards to the previous is essential in understanding the longer term. I spend hours typically scouring historic trend pictures from totally different intervals. It’s fascinating to me and I faucet into historic trend in my creation of recent designs. I even have at all times had a ardour for artwork and structure. Once I journey locations or in locations, I’ve lived structure and artwork are at all times a supply of design inspiration. I do typically discover inspiration from different areas of design.
Are there particular artists or craftsmen which have influenced your work?
It could be arduous for me to choose one particular artist or craftsman that has impressed my work. I’d say that my work is impressed by a set of artists/artwork, musicians/music, nature, historical past, structure, and my private experiences as an entire. I don’t suppose I may ever pin down one individual or factor that conjures up my work alone.
Impressed by the emotional aftereffects of the covid pandemic, your assortment Distancia demonstrates the other ways it impacted relationships. Why was this essential to you as a designer to implement and weave by this assortment?
The pandemic as an entire put loads of issues in perspective for lots of people, myself included. The pandemic additionally, I imagine, put our mortality as human beings on the forefront. As a result of we couldn’t see household and pals or the individuals closest to us for prolonged intervals it amplified emotions of grief, distance, and by no means understanding if the final time you checked out somebody or known as somebody could be the final. Many individuals struggled with dropping family members and the hardship distance from family members created. I believe it additionally pressured individuals to evaluate their very own lives, realizing that our lives are fairly brief, and consider their relationships, jobs, and total happiness. I at all times attempt as a designer to create designs which can be reflective of a sure interval or emotions. It was essential for me as a designer to harness all these emotions created by the pandemic (as a result of it affected so many individuals) into designs that I hope encourage somebody not directly.
As you mirrored by yourself expertise through the pandemic, how did this form or affect the designs within the assortment?
The pandemic was a scary and irritating time for me. I skilled family members going to the hospital and by no means understanding if they’d return. I skilled aged family members being reduce off from the world for over a 12 months, and for a very long time, I couldn’t see them attributable to nursing house protocols. Some of the essential individuals in my life, my grandfather Richard, handed away this previous March and you’ll’t assist however really feel that the pandemic “stole” valuable time away from those you’re keen on. Quite a lot of instances that was a supply of unhappiness for me and typically it was arduous to be optimistic.
Like many, I additionally skilled being very sick from covid. The pandemic couldn’t assist however put into perspective what’s most essential to me in life which induced me to do loads of self-reflection and prioritization of what I need to be doing for the rest of my life. A lot of my designs are additionally impressed by my very own experiences and emotions. The pandemic for the previous two years created a mess of stewing feelings that come out of me within the type of designs and artwork.
How do you see the Aimee Nielsen model rising and evolving sooner or later?
I see my model persevering with to evolve and develop into the posh market. I see the model persevering with to create cutting-edge menswear, womenswear, gender-neutral, and street-wear designs.
Lastly, what do you hope these sporting your designs really feel or suppose when sporting your clothes?
I need these sporting my designs to really feel impressed and to be happy to be their genuine selves in expressing themselves once they put on my designs. I additionally need individuals to really feel like they’re sporting one thing distinctive, and cutting-edge, whereas nonetheless being elegant and classy. I at all times need individuals who put on my designs to really feel like they’re standing out and making an exquisite trend assertion.
To study extra about Aimee Nielsen, go to aimeenielsen.com.