Nicole Guzzo – Nicole Guzzo Designs
Hello Vancity Profile: Nicole Guzzo, Fashion Designer of Nicole Guzzo Designs
1. Tell me a little about yourself?
I am very involved in the creative Vancouver scene, having participated in four fashion shows, including Mens Fashion Week, just in the past 6 months. My collections have been showcased in several music videos for local and international bands and I have had the privilege to act in the videos. I have definitely adapted this rock and roll lifestyle myself spending most of my weekends watching local bands play around Vancouver.
2. When did you realize you wanted to become a fashion designer?
It has always been a passion of mine! For as long as I can remember there was nothing else I wanted to do. I started sewing and alternating clothing when I was just 12 years old, knowing that if I wanted to have my own brand one day I had to be a competent sewer.
3. How do you describe the “Nicole Guzzo Designs” style?
“Nicole Guzzo Designs” is a Vancouver based company for both men and women, that converges high end fashion with rock star aesthetic, while pushing boundaries and shocking audiences.
4. Where do you get your design inspiration?
I am inspired by my love of rock and roll music, especially the 80s hair bands, with influences from high end fashion designers such as Alexander McQueen and Gareth Pugh. I design show shocking pieces for men and women who wish to make a statement.
5. What is the best perk in being a designer?
The best perk of being a designer is being in love with what I do every day. It is not a 9- 5 job so I can create my own schedule. When preparing for a show I spend up to 16 hours, 6 days a week in my studio. I am never happier than when I am creating beautiful garments while listening to Aerosmith.
6. What one piece of advice would you give to someone wanting to start a career in fashion?
You have to love what you do and be passionate about your target market. If you are not it will show in your designs and I couldn’t imagine not loving every piece I create.