So this wonderful lady, that you can see smiling at you in the picture, is a young up and coming Estonian designer. She showcases her collections at different Estonian fashion events while studying at the Estonian Academy of Arts. There is always a story behind her collections and all of the pieces that she creates are beyond elegant. She deputed her latest collection ‘Mermaid’ on the 9th of March at MoeP.A.R.K – where she also won Peoples Choice Award for her collection.
Luckily for us, even though she is a busy bee Kätlin Haak managed to find some time to answer a couple of questions.
When did you realise that you wanted to work in the fashion industry?
Fashion has interested since my childhood, but I realised that I want to tie my life with it after 10th grade when me and my friend made our first ever collection.
How did you start your career?
To be honest I am just at the starting point of my career and I’m getting better and better everyday. Therefor I can answer this question more precisely in 10 years.
What inspires you? / How do you find your inspiration?
In most cases the inspiration just floats in the air and I just grab it. Thanks to school I learned to draw inspiration from my surroundings and I realised how important is the research before creating a collection.
What makes you different from other designers?
I love theater and shows. I was born into a family where theater, cabaret and ballet are inevitable and growing up and living my whole life in that environment gives me a huge advantage over other designers. I have an extreme connection with that world and want to link myself to it as strongly as possible.
What are you currently working on?
At the moment I am creating completely independent collection “Mermaid” and at the same time working on my school stuff – and even there we (Kätlin and her course mates) have a couple of collections coming up.
What are your plans for the future?
First of all I want to finish school and do a work placement abroad, then I want to open my own studio and just give my best. I don’t rule out the possibility that I might become a theater costume designer instead – why not?
What do you think about the fashion industry in Estonia/ Russia and how they influence each other?
The fashion industry in Estonia is constantly evolving upward (?). We have some amazing designers, that we could be proud of and some of them have evolved so far as to showcasing their collections abroad, which is more than just great because Estonia is such a small country. Lately Russian fashion industry has definitely influenced Estonian designers creations.
Do you have any idols? People you aspire to be?
A huge idol of mine is my mother. She is just so inspirational, that there is no one else like her in the world. My recent favourites are Ulyana Sergeenko – who is just a fantastic designer and Anna del Russo, whose fashion sense everyone can wish for.
Picture taken by me
Unfortunately at the moment Kätlin Haak doesn’t have a website or a Facebook page, but don’t worry – good things come to those who wait.
P.S. None of the pictures/photos are mine unless stated