Answering Fashion's Call

Esmod

Designer Joffrey Gil thought he was headed for a career in the health field, but the call of fashion was too strong for him to ignore. His innovative use of technology to bring his vision to life caught our eye, so we decided to sit down with him for a chat. Discover more about this talented recent ESMOD graduate today!

WHY FASHION?

I've always been interested in art and design and gradually moved towards fashion. I realized that clothes could be seen as an art form and used as a means of expression. Essentially, what I love about fashion is that it speaks to people!

 

WHAT APPEALS TO YOU MOST ABOUT WHAT YOU DO?

Both the creative aspect and constructing the collection pieces.  

 

WHERE DOES YOUR INSPIRATION COME FROM?

I try to remain inquisitive. My ideas often come from the details I observe around me. I spend a lot of time looking at works of art; the cinema influences my work with the atmospheres it creates, its characters and images, but most of all I look for inspiration in the aesthetic codes of major cultures still in existence or ones that have vanished.

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WHY DID YOU CHOOSE ESMOD?

I came to ESMOD after pursuing a health degree for two years. I was looking for a school that offered a program that was general enough for me to learn the different techniques involved in the job but would not neglect the creative aspect, from graphic design to the production of models. A well-rounded course would give me the freedom to specialize later on.

 

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO SPECIALIZE IN MENSWEAR IN YOUR FINAL YEAR?

Mainly just because I liked it. But also because men are becoming more interested in what they wear and the sector is expanding, which offers excellent potential for research and design. Specialization doesn't mean cutting myself off from women's fashion though, because I think men's fashion and women's fashion have a lot to offer one another.

                                                                                                                           

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THE MODARIS EXPERT 3D ELECTIVE AT ESMOD? WHY WAS THAT IMPORTANT TO YOU?

I think that being skilled in computerized pattern-making techniques is an advantage enabling you to respond to the increasing industrialization of manufacturing in the different fashion sectors. I started in the first and second years by taking the beginners module on Modaris run by Nathalie Coppin, who teaches computer-assisted pattern-making at ESMOD. Her commitment to her students made me want to continue in the third year, when I was able to use Modaris for the pieces in my final year collection.

 

HOW HAS LEARNING TO USE MODARIS 2D AND 3D BEEN BENEFICIAL TO YOU?

 Learning to use the software improved my technical knowledge of garment-making techniques, because Modaris Expert offers very comprehensive and professional pattern-making solutions. It offers very comprehensive and professional pattern-making tools to create, control and communicate pattern constructions and their related information. 3D simulation makes it really easy to adjust pattern pieces where necessary to get the garment you want, and makes you aware of the effect of the materials you've chosen on the garment's final shape and appearance.

 

HOW DID YOU CAPITALIZE ON THIS WHEN DESIGNING YOUR GARMENTS? WHAT WAS THE RESULT?

I learned to use digitization techniques to copy a basic design that I could refine in Modaris to produce my products. With this method you get better quality and precision, plus it's quicker.

 

WHERE ARE YOU WORKING NOW?

I am currently enrolled in a draping course, following a 5-month internship as a workshop assistant at Aganovich.

 

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR STUDENTS IN FASHION?

Whatever happens, stay motivated and persevere!

You should be passionate about what you do. Being trained in both design and pattern-making will definitely be an advantage because it pushes you to develop your creative and technical skills, in addition to and know-how. That combination will be useful later on when you are working as a designer or pattern-maker.

                                                                                                                                                 

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