Annabelle Wilson is the creator and designer behind the New Zealand fashion label Wilson Trollope. We love her structured yet whimsical clothing so much that we had to learn more! We caught up with Annabelle to ask her a few questions about her fantastic label.
Pink and blue
What motivates you to get out of bed in the morning?
Coffee! And enjoying what I do
What's your must have beauty product?
Mac Strobe Cream
What was the last great book you read?
New York, Edward Rutherford
I’ve loved fashion and clothes for as long as I can remember. I come from a family full of sewers and who have always been into clothes so it’s kind of in my blood. Both my grandmothers were a huge part in nurturing this side, both in teaching me how to sew but also about styling and putting different things together. I like how beautiful clothes make you feel and this has been a pretty big driver in my love for clothes since I was a teenager.
When did you decided to make fashion design your career?
I’ve always wanted to be a designer but was mindful that designing and making clothes was the thing I most loved doing and I didn’t want to lose this by making it my job as well. I went a completely different direction after school and completed a history degree and worked in a marketing role for 2 years following uni. I left and went travelling through Europe in 2011 and realised that there is nothing else I want to do and that I should just give it a go. My family was incredibly supportive and all for it so I took the plunge!
Wilson Trollope is a fantastic name, where did it come from?
The label is named for both my grandmothers – Margie Trollope and Noel Wilson – who both taught me how to sew and about fashion, fabric and all things creative.
Complete the following sentence: If I wasn't doing fashion design for a job I'd be...
... a costume designer.
What three words would you use to some up the Wilson Trollope style?
Striking, sophisticated, feminine
You took part in ID Dunedin fashion week this year, how was the experience?
iD was an amazing experience. It was the first big show I have done and I learnt a lot and met some really great people. It was exciting and a pleasure to be on the runway with such amazing designers. The iconic setting at the Dunedin Railway Station was definitely a high.
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m working on my Winter 2015 collection
In what other ways do you nurture your creative side?
I love baking and making costumes.