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Nasreen Jawad, Designer

Designing for: 2 years
Studied: Bachelor of Architectural Studies at Uni SA; Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising at TAFE SA
Reason for Choosing Couture & Bridal: Encouraged to enter the world of bridal and couture after winning the public vote that delivered my first clients
Most Frequently asked Questions: How did you start your business by yourself? As well as questions about the right fit and personalising designs.

What are your expert do’s and don’ts for those who might be intimidated by the challenge of dressing for a special occasion?

You have to be able to wear what you want without feeling bad about what others might think, I personally think society has conditioned us to follow a lot of unnecessary rules and boundaries in regards to fashion.

I would say never size down. You need at least 2cm of extra room for breathing. Remember, if you are comfortable, it’s more likely that you will enjoy yourself and the occasion.

If you are wearing tight clothes, try to find seamless underwear. Try to minimise your jewellery and accessories, less is more.

This might sound cliché but never show up to someone else’s wedding wearing a long white tone dress. I’ve heard stories from my clients that a guest has worn flowy dress in a very light-yellow shade and it came out completely white in the pictures. Don’t do it unless you want a mortal enemy for the rest of your life!

Is there a particular factor that is most important when deciding on a dress?

You should be able to express your personality through your style. Dressing according to your body type will flatter your look even more. If you want something that represents your individuality, you should visit your local designer or stylist; this way you can get the right fit, colours, fabric and the design according to your taste.

Remember you are wearing the dress; the dress is not wearing you!

Eveningwear by Nasreen Jawad
Photos: 2020photographyaustralia
Any advice for those looking to totally elevate their eveningwear game?

Simplicity is always the key; a clean look will always stand out more than a busy and miss-matched look. I am a huge fan of Kibbe System; this system allows us to find out what are our body types and which elements are more complementary. Most design elements are flattering if you know how to pair them in a harmonious fashion.

Avoid putting a lot of different design features in one garment, when I was in fashion school, I saw many ignore this rule, putting five or six uncomplimentary elements in one design. The outcome was always very messy.

What’s your go-to look for a fancy night out?

When you become a designer, you suddenly become quite aware of your sense of style. I personally like to wear one of my own casual, semi-formal dresses but I can’t stand the cold, so I have to have a coat or jacket with me.

Dress by Nasreen Jawad
March 06, 2020 — NASREEN JAWAD

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