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Interview: Mary Benson, Designer.

I'm always on the look out for new talent and talented is just what Mary Benson is. When I was at University we actually featured her in our Newspaper, but she has evolved her style since going to University herself. I caught up with Mary to see what shes has been up to.


What was the inspiration behind your new collection?
Since I started university I've just been working on single pieces rather than a collection, but in the Summer I will be working on my new collection based on my Modernity Project (the black structured shape dress). My main inspiration for this collection has been sportswear, especially scuba diving suits and trainers, so I have used different types of waterproof fabrics. I love working with contrasting colours and unusual textures.

How have you grown as a designer?
I have definitely noticed a massive change since I started uni in London! My designs are much more refined and considered compared to my previous collections during college. I feel like my mature side of designing has been unleashed, my ideas have become a lot more adventurous because I've been pushing myself to make complicated garments. I'm not into simplicity but I still appreciate it when other designers make pieces like that. I'm into making things that when people look at it they think 'how the hell did she make that?' or 'what is that even made from?'. But at the moment I'm still figuring out what my unique style is and how I work best.



What has been your proudest moment so far?
That's a tough one! Probably when I was at Yorkshire Fashion Week sitting on the front row with Christopher Bailey watching my collection open the show. I was the most excited little freak but I had to act totally cool about it! It's always good to see my mum and dad's face when they come to the shows because it's like a whole other world to them and they get so excited about it all.


What kind of woman do you see wearing your clothes?
Woah I really don't know yet. Each piece I design is so different to the next but if I had to chose I would say someone who likes wearing something quirky and cool yet not too crazy.

Where would you see yourself in 5 years time?
Let me think, well I graduate in 2013 so it would be great to still have my own label and be working for myself and employ some sweet little sewing ladies and other people to help me. I'd really like to collaborate with other designers too, I'm already thinking of collaborating with one of my friends from my course at some point. However, I don't know what the hell is going to happen between now and then but I'm looking forward to the future and whatever it throws at me!

(Photography: Jon Stanley Austin)


39 comments:

  1. I love this! Looks great and everyone should check her out :-)

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  2. ooo this isn't mary, it's her model!

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  3. cool cool cool post!!!!!!

    amazing clothes shoes and photos!!!!!

    xx

    www.thebeautifulandthehard.blogspot.com

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  4. very hot, love the pictures

    come follow the first ever fashion blog from a guys POV, let He know what you think

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  5. She looks, absolutely stunning.
    Loved the blog and the photo shoots.
    By the way, I am following your blog.
    Please check mine if you want to, and if you like it, follow.

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  6. great post. big up yorkshire fashion! ♥

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  7. wow, she's got great style... cool interview!

    xo

    justyna

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  8. I think I just died looking at the red hair. No lies.

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  9. This is fantastic. So great that you wrote about her before, she's got some really great designs!

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  10. Oh wow, she's beautiful and very talented. Her designs kind of look futuristic, which is super cool. :) Thanks for letting us know about her!!

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  11. Great interview!

    Merci beaucoup for your wonderful comment darling, it means the absolute world that you like the blog and I hoipe you becoema regular visitor =]

    I love your blog too - would you like to exchange links?

    Sorry it took so long to reply, I took a week's break from blogging - so good to be back!

    Stay safe and chic ma chérie,
    English Rose x
    http://iamanenglishrose.blogspot.com

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  12. Her is stuff is amazing she is very talented it is refreshing to see someting new lets hope once she finishes uni she gets the support she needs. Such a lot of talented designers never make it due to funding I hope if does not happen to Mary.

    HOF's new label is not that bad I was surprised as a lot of there house brands are awful thanks for your comment about Lab Label. xoxo

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  13. Great interview, I really got the sense of who she is a person from your questions!
    The clothes are to die for as well.

    Great blog as well, definitely following you now :)

    -Jess
    http://darknightholdtight.blogspot.com

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  14. i like those dresses. kind of space-cool vibe.

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  15. wow, she is so so inspirational! in loved reading this so much tahnks for posting:)
    x
    mel

    peterbellandtinkerpan.blogspot.com

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  16. this girl has a bright future...I love all the interesting cut outs and sheer bits

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  17. She's such a cool lady!! I love the first picture!! xoxoxoxo

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  18. such sharp looks! and LOVE the hair

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  19. Thanks so much Laura and for everyones lovely comments. Here's my blog if anyone wants to follow:

    www.marybenson.blogspot.com

    twitter: www.twitter.com/mary_benson

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  20. Amazing looks this girl is sporting!

    colormenana.blogspot.com

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  21. That girl is really talented! I am glad I found your blog and I learned about that promising designer. I am following now, I would be more than happy if you like my blog and follow me back!

    Kisses, Froso from Style Nirvana

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  22. Great interview, some great looks there!

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  23. why thankyou! i'm loving yours too :D
    xxx

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  24. That is truly gorgeous ♥ It's wonderful to see such talent ♥

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  25. Great interview, love her pieces!

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  26. Very cool, thanks for sharing this interview! She has a very unique style, I will be on the look out for her in the future!

    http://www.runwayrundown.com/

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  27. nice!

    following you, you 2 ?!

    www.helenskie.blogspot.com

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  28. Merci beaucoup for your lovely comment darling, i'll add you right after this comment =]

    Sorry for the late reply!

    Stay safe and chic ma chérie,

    English Rose x
    http://iamanenglishrose.blogspot.com

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  29. LOVE her collection! Fab interview. :)
    Xx

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  30. she's awesome! great interview!

    x

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  31. Red hair always makes me think of "Run Lola Run"

    I was actually stopping by cause I saw that you commented on "Zebra & Meerkat's" blog post about the sunnies! If you leave a comment over at Fvncy.com's 100th post you could be entered to win three free sunglasses!

    KeepItFvncy,
    M.E.

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