Fashion designer Joash Teo & Ephemera collection | Future of Fashion

Fashion designer Joash Teo & Ephemera collection | Future of Fashion

December 2, 2019 1 By Bernardo Ryan


My name is Joash Teo, I am the designer behind JOTEO and I’m also a designer in my fourth year at QUT Fashion Design The collection is about envisioning, or I suppose materialising these dark emotions into a physical corporal form So the way I envision them is kind of, well, something that’s constrained, but also quite elegant so that really goes back to all the 3 dimensional silhouettes that I have The dark emotions that I keep talking about were really reflective of my own struggles with depression and current struggle with anxiety Signature feature as a designer I think, it’s very much the idea of that guarded femininity Cause I think, really, with all my silhouettes and all my creations, there is that element of very tactile strength some of it look like armor, some of it look like reinforced spine It teeters that balance between masculine strength with that tailoring, but also this elegance, femininity These are just some of the outfits from the collection, and I think these ones kind of sum up the whole techniques that I use for the collection. So there’re a lot of draping, but also contrasted against a more informed tailoring This one was actually quite a long, quite a technical challenge I really have, cause when I was draping and smocking all these different fabrics, it was all more solid wools and I guess hardier fabrics whereas I was layering organza with this, so there’re actually 2 layers there is the black overlay, and then gold underlay as well to kind of play with that dimension, especially when it moves and when it shines So all these little tacks here are just really trying to help it hold it shape and help it maintain this architectural curve in the front And then the back as well, even went through just a couple of re-drapes, right now this little kind of conical shape, that reminds you of a big bustier, like a big corset but it used to be these big massive wings that jut out from the back, and trail off Have their minds blown No, um, what I really want them to feel is really curious I think, all my designs have such great technical consideration, technical exploration into them, cause it reflects my interests I really love sewing, I really really do, and I want my clothes to reflect the fact that I love sewing and pushing things So you know, curious, in awe, reaching for their wallet I think with a collection, it’s like running a marathon you not only have to keep yourself, I suppose, mentally and physically fit to keep going, you also have to really try to keep falling in love with your collection, and like, best case is, you fall in love so much, you wanna keep pushing it and pushing it to its most perfect and final form But even then, saying that you can fall in love so much that you have so many ideas, that you’re just drowning in it and you lose any sort of like real world logistics walking, do you wanna sell it later, how you’re gonna move it to, say, a gallery or get things set up, if you wanna take this further on as well And I thought the best way to start is to really start with yourself. I didn’t want to have this whole statement of politics or statement of environment or anything like that, that I can’t relate to, or I would get tired of pushing and pushing I just thought, okay, if I’m trying to essentially marry and find myself in this, I think start with something raw and personal I think if you ever start with anything raw and personal, it will transform into something that’s incredibly compelling hopefully, people find it like that If not, then it’s just like “why there is so much black”, and I’ll be like “I’ll tell you later” I really do want to take steps to further expand my business, further expand my brand into something that’s more substantial and workable I definitely, in the future, see myself in Paris, cause I really wanna go back to Paris, and I feel like I creatively get very inspired when I go back there So if I can have operations there that would be fantastic But again, life, you know, you have to be flexible And I think if I end up working as a machinist or designer for, say, another brand, local or international, I think I’ll really be happy If I can sew 9-to-5, and make enough to eat, I’m happy I hate it when people say “couture” about everything Cause I actually do study couture sewing, so when people look at a T-shirt and say “oh that’s so couture” I’m like “no, it’s just a T-shirt” They just throw the word “couture” around when no, couture is supposed to be something really special, it’s a really honoured word, you have to be chosen to be able to use that word