Armenian-born Tamara Pogosian developed an interest in design while growing up and moving from Russia to America. After finishing high school in New York City, she moved on to the Parson School of Design. She took a year to explore the industry and then continued her studies at The Fashion Institute of Technology. We discovered her at New York Fashion Week in September and took a liking to her. We just had to meet her again and interview her.
Do you like more organization when it comes to designing or less organization?
I’m actually pretty organized; usually a lot of artists aren’t in that area. When it comes to creating a collection you can’t stick to a schedule. I usually design at night, that’s when I feel most creative. I don’t really stick to a schedule. The main concern is to get everything done on time so I always start months in advance.
I am a big fan of your fall 2006 collection to me it’s very luxurious in look and feel. Is that what you were going for?
Yes. I decided to go for a smaller collection. I have always gotten more attention with my evening dresses rather than with other pieces; and I just have a bigger passion for the glamour and luxury part of design. It just comes through and it is part of our brand as well.
What was your thought process when you put together your Spring 2007 line?
I usually start thinking about my Spring line in May or June. I don’t usually plan it out so much as in what I am going to be designing, but as soon as I start thinking about it, I get ideas on a daily basis. So then I just start designing.
So basically you’re free flowing. You’re not held to a schedule or anything like that. You just do it as you feel?
Pretty much yeah, towards the end I pull back a little from the collections to see if it’s something that actually makes sense together. You always have to edit it at the end -whether it be adding pieces, or taking pieces out.
Do you ever remember getting a negative review?
Not in print, but I have a close circle of friends and we’re always very honest; and they’re all artist so if there’s something out of place, or something they don’t like, they will usually let me know. I’ve been very fortunate to have a lot of supportive people surround me. They appreciate my work so it hasn’t really been negative.
Who is your fashion hero?
I don’t really have just one. I have a few that I admire for very different reasons. I love Versace. I think he was amazing and extremely talented. He had a very wild vision. Then there’s Tom Ford who is also very extraordinary and is great at marketing. Valentino makes beautiful pieces.
How does sexuality play a role in your collection?
It really comes from the feeling of being desired by someone else. I think that when you have confidence in yourself and when you are wearing clothes, it just comes across easier.
So you’re saying it’s not as if you clothes are overtly sexual?
No, I don’t think that my clothes are too sexual. I don’t push the envelope too much in that direction, but sometimes that is how they end up looking. In certain instances, you have to have a certain type of body to wear some of my pieces. I mean, you don’t have to have this perfect amazing body to wear some of my pieces. Every piece has a sense of sexuality in it. You don’t have to be exposed to be sexual, there’s the cut and feel of the piece that can bring that sexuality out.
What celebrity would look amazing in your pieces?
I like Natalie Portman very much. I think she’s very talented and beautiful. She has a sense of elegance as well. I would love to dress her one day.
What was the last movie you saw?
I usually watch movies on the weekends and haven’t had the time to go to the theater, but Devil Wears Prada believe it or not was the last movie I watched. I made an effort to go see that one.
What did you think of it?
I actually liked it very much. I thought it was very funny. It was very entertaining. I mean it had some truth to it when it came to describing the industry but it’s a movie so some things seemed as if they were blown out of proportion.
What do you think of online fashion, blog, magazines etc?
I think it’s great, the internet has grown so much over the years that it definitely benefits everyone. There is one thing that bothers me and it has to do with shopping online, because I personally like to try on the clothes before I purchase them. And there are some pieces that you just have to try on regardless of how long you’ve known the brand, and how long you’ve been purchasing from that brand it’s always better to try things before you buy them.
What is Tamara Pogosian’s guilty pleasure?
Personally you mean? I just don’t have one I personally have a few. I love strawberries I love ice cream, goat cheese, foods, relaxing it a big one. You work hard for all these months designing, getting ready for a show; sometimes it’s nice to take a break.