Interview with Designer Adrian Wu

Sarah Velasco: Can you tell us about yourself?  
Adrian Wu: I'm a 21 year old Chinese Canadian boy. Grew up in Burlington Ontario. Went to a private school since I was 3 and wore Uniform. My mother's name is Jean and my Father is Paul and my sister is Carolyn. My parents are from Hong Kong and I was born here. 

Sarah Velasco: How did you become a designer?
Adrian Wu: I taught myself how to sew at age 18 and created a portfolio on a website. By doing so I was discovered on the internet to do a show at Vancouver Fashion Week and I was asked on the same day to be a correspondent on Much Music. 

Sarah Velasco: How would you describe your designs? 
Adrian Wu: I would describe my designs are simple is design and complicated in technique. Sometimes artistic and sometimes extremely wearable. My designs range from simple to extravagant. I like to use upholstery in my work most of the time and I invented my own way of sewing by creating a minimalist bodice. 

Sarah Velasco: How has your style evolved since you started? How has it stayed the same? 
Adrian Wu: I think my style has evolved as a designer over the past few years by the difficulty of the design. I think I started out with a great idea and I have used my artistic side to push the boundaries on the basis of asking "what is fashion?"

Sarah Velasco: Personally speaking, what is your most memorable moment in your career thus far?
Adrian Wu: I think the most memorable is when I got a call from Fashion Television to do my first profile. I was in shock because I had dreamt about being on that show mainly because I grew up watching it. Being on it regularly makes me feel like I'm actually influencing the next generation. 

Sarah Velasco:If you could design a piece for one person in the past or present who would it be and why?  
Adrian Wu: Madonna. I hear amazing stories of her launching the careers of designers and it would be amazing one day to be a part of history and create a gown for her. 

Sarah Velasco: Who are your icons? Influences?  
Adrian Wu: Christian Dior, Vivienne Westwood, TED TALKS, Plato, Socrates, Sigmund Freud, Alfred Kinsey, My mother. 

Sarah Velasco: Where do you get your inspiration from?  
Adrian Wu: Everyday people and the people who are in my life. I think my collection every season tend to manifest from the current events that are happening in my life - they be emotionally, physically, I think the people that surround me and help make me who I am are the people that inspire me. 

Sarah Velasco: Can you tell us about your latest collection? What is the story and inspiration behind it? 
Adrian Wu: I don't want to get too much into it. I think my collections are beginning to be something less tangible for people to understand. I create my clothes and my collections with context and I think its up to your interpretation.  

Sarah Velasco: Can you give readers some tips on what trends and colors we will see for summer?  
Adrian Wu: Mint? Cause I saw Lady Gaga's music video and she mentioned something about that. You have to understand that most of these so called 'trends' you see. It's subjective. It's a business and a designers' job is to create clothes for the consumer and the magazines and editors to determine the trends. 

Sarah Velasco: What can we look forward to seeing in your next collection? 
Adrian Wu: I wish I knew myself. Just keep up with me on twitter 'soimadrian' and maybe you'll find out.

Sarah Velasco: Any advice you could give for hopeful designers?  
Adrian Wu: Save your money until you know it’s worth spending. This business is about making money and to make money you have to spend it. Fashion is far from what you think it is, it's about the product.