MEET Debbis Paltos... MEOW GIRL DESIGNER, querky and fabulously unique, you will love her too!
Meow Girl started by chance in between jobs to fulfill an urge to create unique little things that I could wear...and to put an end to endless daydreaming. The first thing I made were cat collars as bracelets with hand glued Swarovski crystals. My friend and I dollied up as kittens and made 30's style cigarette girl holders and walked down Oxford Street on Mardi Gras selling them...and we sold out. We also had lots of "here kitty kitty's" thrown our way but that just comes with playing dress ups. I had to think of a name quick smart and ‘Meow Girl' was it. From then on I started sending one off pieces to magazines and it turned out that people liked them.
Meow Girl's inspiration comes from many amazing things such as Dollhouses and delirium. Bones, birds and bunnies. Celebrating the dead. Fables, fairytales and fake grass. The 1940's, imperfection and mayhem. The woods, yum cha, foxes in suits and shadows.
We asked Debbie for her tips for making it in Fashion...
Q: Which designer, actor or character, fashion industry related or not most inspires you and why?
A: Tim Burton
He was never afraid to express who he was creatively. He did his thing and some people didn't like it... or more, didn't get it but he did it anyway. I love the way he uses the dark with the colourful and throws in sprinkles of odd humour along the way. He is also a huge fan of Vincent Price who I loved to watch as a kid and had an obsession with his voice.
Q: Where did you start your career?
A: In my old Garage
Q: What do you love about your job?
A: I love working for myself more than anything. I don't have to answer to anyone and if I'm running ten minutes late getting to my studio I know I won't get fired. In fact, I think I'll start giving myself a raise for tardiness.
Q: Tell us about your average day - what do you do?
A: There is no average in my week...ever! Every day is always different depending on what orders I'm making or what glues I've decided to spend all day testing (and trust me, there is only one superior glue out there). Coffee is first on the list followed by email checking. Then it's cutting, gluing, painting, sticking, molding, stirring, and the endless hours I spend experimenting with various bits and pieces of old and new trying to come up with something that I love. All this while the constant daydreaming of cold beer and sticky date pudding.
Q: Anything you dread doing?
A: putting on a bikini at the beginning of summer. And hangovers. Why oh why do we get so punished for having fun.
Q: Advice to someone wanting a fashion career
A: Stick to your guns, be unique and realise that fashion is meant to be FUN! I think it's pretty funny how seriously people take fashion when there is so much craziness going on.
Q: Is it what you know or who you know
A: well, what I do know is that I know a lot of kind, funny and good hearted people. So I guess it's both.
Q: What inspires you?
A: I guess lots and lots of things. Old movies, bones, the 40's, fables, miniature anything, the woods, music, shadows, friends and so much more. I could go on and on but it has to end sometime.
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