David Szeto spent years creating beautifully crafted designs for a devoted group of private clients. In 2004, he launched his own label, giving the fashion crowd equal access to his flattering, hand-draped dresses. Shopbop talked with the Chinese-Canadian designer to find out where he learned his renowned craft and to get the scoop on the inspiration behind his interesting prints.
SHOPBOP: How would you describe your design philosophy?
DAVID SZETO: To create clothes that are timeless, technically innovative, but always flattering to different women's figures.
SB: Why were you drawn to fashion design?
DS: I like the idea that clothes have the ability to change one’s appearance—making them look younger or slimmer with just a cut, color, or print.
SB: Beautiful draping is a signature of yours. What draws you to that technique, and where did you learn the skill?
DS: I started with pattern-making first. Draping was the next step forward. I learned basic draping techniques at New York's Fashion Institute of Technology, and the rest I learned on my own.
SB: Color is a huge part of your aesthetic. Why does every woman need a bold, bright dress in her closet?
DS: Color is a great way to change your mood. Also, the right hues can really illuminate your face.
SB: The prints you use are so unique and eye-catching. What inspires them?
DS: I seem to see prints everywhere and every day. It could be a texture on the wall, the food on my plate, or just the colors in the sky.
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