Saz Mifsud is not a new name in the fashion industry. I’ve always loved the way colours and patterns come together in perfect harmony in her designs. Graduating in the UK with a degree in fashion print design, Sarah always knew that she wanted to pursue a creative career. ‘I was constantly drawing and painting so, ever since I can remember, I always had a passion for fine arts. In fact, I still consider myself to be more of a painter, first and foremost, rather than a designer’.
However, Sarah always had her eye on textiles, captivating fabrics and fashion. ‘I can pinpoint exactly when I knew I wanted to get into the fashion industry. At the age of 16, I took a trip to France and I visited a couple of museums. The ones that influenced me the most were a silk weaving museum in Lyon and a textile museum that focused on fashion’. This trip paved the way for Sarah’s studies and successful career in fashion design.
Skills such as print design, textile making, screen printing and digital printing can all be seen in Sarah’s work, especially the latter. ‘I launched my brand, Saz Mifsud, before finishing my degree. On my website I have silk scarves and men’s ties, although I mainly specialise in made to measure garments’.
What has always attracted me to Saz Mifsud’s brand is the versatility of her designs. Being a print designer by trade, Sarah reveals that the best way to show a full print design is on a flat piece of fabric that won’t cut off the pattern in any way. ‘I decided that scarves are the best way to show my designs. Bloggers and stylists were interested in wearing my scarves in different ways like bandeaus, dresses and headscarfs. Clients started to see that my designs are very easy to switch up and make them their own’.
Sarah advises that some materials are better than others if you want to play around with her scarves. For instance, silk cotton is a more casual fabric while silk satin is normally styled for evening pieces. ‘Silk chiffon is probably the easiest to wear. It’s casual and you can wrap it around easily. The colours are not as bright as other materials which makes it perfect for anyone who shies away from a bold statement’.
Sarah is always inspired by nature. In the past she was inspired by seashells and the Fibonacci sequence in nature. This inspiration is also evident in her latest collection that is based on flowers, petals and leaves. ‘I like to make the designs my own and not simply portray what there is on the surface. For this collection, I went to a garden and took a lot of photos. Then I went home and painted from the photography. I like to create a subtle element for my designs, in the sense that, it’s not always obvious what you’re looking at from the first glance’.
‘My clients are my biggest motivators. I have some of the best clients who always come back for my designs. It’s a very satisfactory feeling’. Having successfully turned her passion for art and design into a career, Sarah describes doing what she loves as her ideal day.
So, what’s next for Saz Mifsud? ‘My Christmas collection will be coming out in November. That’s always an exciting and busy time because my scarves are very popular as gifts. I always try to have a variety of different sizes and budgets’. Sarah also has new ideas for other products but it’s all a secret for now. ‘Everything is under wraps right now!’
Check out Saz Mifsud and her brilliant designs here.