An interview with Ange Cleary
What do you get when you mix luxurious, classic, easy to wear and supremely feminine fashion? AC The Collection from the ridiculously stylish Ange Cleary, whose clothes celebrate women dressing beautifully and loving themselves more in the process.
AC The Collection, is a wardrobe nirvana for quality, classic pieces that you’ll love and feel amazing in. I sat down with Ange to talk fashion, the fundamentals of a fabulous and functioning wardrobe, and her inspiration for AC The Collection.
TELL US ABOUT AC THE COLLECTION
AC The Collection is a luxurious capsule collection, offering effortless elegance and timeless sophistication. Not following disposable trends, but defying fashion and accepting that feeling and looking great comes down to your confidence and attitude, not your age, shape or latest trend.
In the ever-changing world of fashion, coupled with expectations put on us in today’s society; The AC woman seeks out classic pieces that travel everywhere and will take her from AM to PM with minimum fuss. Wardrobe essentials that fit her lifestyle and streamline her choices to be relevant without compromising comfort and femininity.
She knows who she is, she knows what she wants, she knows style….
WHAT DOES FASHION MEAN TO YOU?
I see fashion everywhere, it’s like another form of visual art. Creating a look, a feel or a certain memory can all be done with fashion. It’s an extension of who I am. It’s not all of me, but it’s certainly a very important part of who I am.
HOW HAS THIS TRANSLATED INTO THE CREATION OF AC THE COLLECTION?
My vision is to make every woman feel sensual and beautiful, plus exude a certain level of style and polish. I believe what you wear can impact your overall feelings about who you are to the outside world. I feel it’s an unspoken respect for yourself. Fashion, detail and design have always run through my veins, but as I mature I realise it’s an individual style that really impresses me. My mother instilled in me to never run with the foxes or hunt with the hounds, but stay true to myself and my beliefs. I live by this quote in my personal life and in my sense of style. AC allows women the freedom to style each garment to represent their own sense of style, and that’s why I like to think it is The Collection every modern woman needs in her wardrobe.
WHEN DID YOU REALISE YOU WANTED TO BECOME A FASHION DESIGNER?
Since I was young, I always had a strong interest in Fashion. I imagined I would design for the stars hahaha, it’s funny what you think you will be when you’re 9 years old. To this day have never formally studied fashion design, but I’ve worked in all facets of fashion since the age of 22, so I’ve had 22 years of learning the industry from the inside and out. I ‘ve observed everything from the design process to the cutting room and have been mentored by some really wonderful people in the industry. I’m grateful for the diverse skill set I have in the industry. I hope I can now implement those skills into my own design process both creatively and business-wise.
WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE MAKES A QUALITY ARTICLE OF CLOTHING?
The obvious would be shape and cut, but honestly, what makes a quality garment is the way it makes you feel. A piece of clothing can change your whole demeanour, but it could be that “broke your budget blazer” you’ve had for the last 10 years, or it could be your $40 “go-to” skirt from Zara that fits you perfectly and makes you feel fabulous. Everyone has those pieces of clothing in their wardrobe. A quality article is something you just can’t part with because it feels and looks magic.
HOW DOES LIVING IN BYRON BAY INFLUENCE YOUR CREATIVITY?
I grew up in the surrounding area, so it is somewhat home I guess. Although I firmly believe home is where the heart is, and I left my heart in Paris 11 years ago. Byron represents a chapter for me, but it has not influenced my process at all, we will move on soon. Childhood dreams started in this area so to come back here and begin this journey with my collection I suppose is somewhat a pinnacle point in life, but all my influences with my collection are definitely European based.
FAVOURITE PIECE FROM YOUR LAUNCH COLLECTION?
The Summer duster – it’s timeless, classic and ageless!
WHEN, WHERE AND HOW CAN WOMEN GET THEIR HANDS-ON AC THE COLLECTION?
Right now at the e-boutique ! Also, an integeral part of my brand and how it's received is all about connecting on a personal level with my consumer, so I will continue to do personalized showings in 2018, watch this space for venues!
That’s a hard one but right now I’m loving Narciso by Narciso Rodriguez
FAVOURITE SONG TO DANCE TO?
Anything Michael Jackson haha – showing my age aren’t I. I also love to shake it off with any of the Hed Kandi series
Gardenia, Peony or Dahlia please don’t make me choose
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