Alannah Lindberg is a freelance fashion designer and pattern-maker, and a recent graduate from Ryerson University’s fashion design program. During her final year, Alannah debuted her first collection at Mass Exodus 2014 as part of her capstone project, and is proud to say that her work was selected to be shown at the Top 18 Industry Show.
Her final-year collection was inspired by the reverie: the idea of being lost in a daydream that is neither fantasy nor nightmare. She aimed to combine the subject of beauty with death, and took inspiration from Shakespearean scenes painted by the likes of Millais, Fuseli, and Landseer. In these works, the artists portrayed fantastical scenes in a dark and eerie manner, using otherworldly characteristics to create interest. The collection itself consists of a black, monochrome colour scheme, with a mix of sheer and opaque jerseys to create moody, ethereal gowns.
Alannah credits the competitive dance classes that she took as a child for her love of fashion design. She saw the design process of such elaborate costumes as a way to experiment with fabrics, while simultaneously bringing creative expression to life. Although her sources of inspiration change constantly, Alannah often pulls new ideas from the theatre, fine art, and nature. She also closely follows the work of designer Haider Ackermann. Over the years, her love of the Renaissance period combined with her focus on theatre has led Alannah to refine her aesthetic to be increasingly romantic and feminine. She now tends to favour loose silhouettes over structured forms, and likes to translate her romantic visions into tangible pieces through experimental draping.
The most important thing Alannah has learned about working in the world of fashion design is to not take herself so seriously. Although it is a competitive industry, and easy to compare oneself to others, she tries to stay focused on what she is doing, all the while keeping mind that fashion is supposed to be a fun.
In the next year, Alannah hopes to move to New York City and take up a design position at a fashion house where she can develop her skills. One day, she aspires to start her own fashion line, but for now, she is keeping her options open, living life day by day.