I was passionate about art, design and couture as long as I remember. After a successful decade in couture bridal wear, occasion wear and millinery fields, with my work featured in all major British bridal magazines and national TV, it’s time for a new adventure – my sleepwear/lingerie label Intimate Stories. The label reflects years of my experience in cutting garments to real women and high skill in working with most luxurious and delicate materials. The designs are vintage inspired pieces updated for a modern woman, made of pure silk, delicate galloon lace and lots of ribbons.
What inspired you to become a sleepwear/lingerie designer?
I couldn’t find any silk sleepwear that would be completely satisfactory to my needs, so I made one. And then another one, some for my clients, friends and family… and some variations on the cut as beachwear. Coming across some amazing vintage galloon laces has given me further inspiration and a collection was born.
What makes your designs different from others?
They are actually vintage inspired, made of pure silk, luxurious galloon lace and lots of ribbons. The cut takes in consideration also petite height and due to our sizing it’s easy for any man to purchase a sleepwear set for his lady.
Do you wear your own products?
Of course I do. It’s been all tested on me and my business partner – my sister Iveta – first.
How do you get your inspirations for new collections?
Inspirations come from within, what I want to communicate and how I want a wearer to feel when wearing the piece. And of course from luxurious materials, how they feel and move in front of my eyes.
Do you use paper and pencil to design your first draft or is it all done on computer?
I’m quite old fashioned and always stick to pencil and paper first, then I pin actual materials on the tailors dummy. Then I design the cut and make it old fashioned way in calico. A prototype in actual fabric follows which I wear to test it.
What would you be doing if you weren’t a designer?
It’s like asking me what would you do if you weren’t a human. I’ve been active in creative arts from very early age. For me to be a designer is not a job, it’s a way of life.
What are you working on right now?
Besides bespoke orders on sleepwear, I’m still taking private commissions on bespoke bridal and occasion wear as well as millinery statement pieces. And in spare time I’m also developing photochromic collection of wearable art garments and accessories.
Take a look at some of Vlasta’s designed below and see more in the Intimate Stories website.