Inside the Mind of a Fashion Icon: Sandhya Shrestha
Meet Sandhya Shrestha, owner of the Sandhya Design, who loves to produce original and expressive creations. She brings a unique perspective to the fashion industry. Her objective is to employ her talent and ingenuity to design fashionable, long-lasting apparel. Let’s get inside the mind of this ambitious designer.
What sparked your interest in fashion? And how did you get started in the industry?
The choices I had for clothing were almost never present in the market when I went looking for them, and I reasoned that many other people also lacked such options, which is essentially how my interest in fashion began. I’ve always wanted to run my own business, and I had my own creative ideas for dresses. So, this is how I got started.
How do you describe your design aesthetic and philosophy?
“If you want it, create on your own.” That’s my philosophy.
How do you think your education prepared you to work in the fashion industry?
My college’s curriculum required a lot of practical work, which helped me later in my job as a fashion designer.
Who or what inspires you when you are creating a design?
When I’m designing, I take nature into account and it serves as an even greater inspiration for me.
Can you tell us about a project you are particularly proud of and why?
At Birat Expo 2020, I created a design using recycled garbage, establishing connections and discovering more about myself. My dress was made from discarded CDs, plastic bottles and beads. This project remains a source of pride for me.
What were the greatest challenges you faced as a newbie in the industry?
The comparison with other experts in the market has to be the greatest challenge I faced.
Tell us about your experience working with photographers and models. How comfortable are you in those situations?
When it comes to my work environment, I am always honest and approachable to make everyone feel at ease and entertained, avoiding any awkwardness.
Walk us through your process from designing to creation?
Talking about the process, design is something where I have certain boundaries which I have to keep with the consideration that customers have their own desire. But about creation, it’s limitless. I have freedom to create my own designs.
How do you walk the line between being unique and having commercial appeal?
I aim to comprehend their vision, while also providing some of my own design concepts for them to modify as they see fit.
What aspects of the fashion industry would you like to change?
I feel that our work is not being done properly because we do not have clear communication with customers during the ordering process. Rushing through orders does not lead to good work. Therefore, I propose a change where we take the time to have clear conversations with customers to achieve better results.