Fairy Clothing by Flutterbydaisy – The Daisy Speaks

Fairy Clothing by Flutterbydaisy - The Daisy Speaks

Creatrix of the Flutterbydaisy fairy clothing range, Natanya Waybourne lives in a whimsical world of lace, bunnies and prettiness. The flower child reveals her enviably innocent view of life and what the future holds for her…

The first time I met Natanya, she was hosting her first Flutterbydaisy fashion show in London. All dainty limbs and a magical air of loveliness, her individuality is very much in keeping with her gorgeous dresses, designed ‘for Broken Dolls and Victorian Ballerinas’.

Her clothing designs speak volumes. They attract admirers in their droves, yet her creative demeanour also holds a tenacious quality that has led her business to bloom. I spoke to her about the creative process and what the future holds for the talented designer…

You create gorgeous dresses, have a degree in Creative Writing, have your own blog, and are a photographer of all things luscious. Is there anything we’ve missed out?

Uhm… I was a bunny in a previous life…

Your designs have a real air of innocence about them. Describe your designs to us and what in life inspires your creativity.

That’s because the little girl that lives inside me makes them… I’m definitely inspired by all things childhood: my past, fairy tales, films like Picnic at Hanging Rock (Note from the Eds: Oh, please do see this, children of Mook. ‘Tis an extraordinary Australian film), Lolita style, Japanese fashion

Each dress is so intricately designed. From the initial designs to the finished product, how long does the overall process take?

Sometimes if I’ve been thinking about a certain dress design for days I can make it in a couple of days. From that to a week at most…

What would an ordinary design day be like in the life of Natanya Waybourne? I imagine you sewing away with birds fluttering in with fabric, like a scene out of a Disney movie?

Exactly like that! But you forgot all the bunnies…

What are the benefits of living such a creative lifestyle? Are you surrounded by prettiness all day?

Yes, it’s everywhere; sometimes I can’t wash it off. I think it’s nice to not live in the real world – I don’t think I’d last long there. In fact, I know that to be the case, because I’ve been there…

What’s been the one point in your career so far where you’ve thought ‘I’m happy, and this is where I want to be’?

Just now… and now… today I sorted all my fabric remnants into eight pretty piles, soon they will be eight pretty dresses and I’ll be prancing around the woods in them with flash photography and then in a few weeks they will be in my shop. Maybe here in this part of the planet, world, country, city, house isn’t physically where I want to be but mentally I’m all over it…

You’ve worked alongside Esther Dee – how did that collaboration came about? Is it a case of two Northerners teaming up to take the world by storm?

With our Petal super powers! I can’t remember… we met through a common friend or two and just clicked, decided we should work together, so came about the photo-shoot for her album ‘Esther Dee and The Carousel’ and her first live solo performance at my first Flutterbydaisy Fashion show … meant to be…

Have any other celebrities worn your designs? Is there anyone you would love to design for?

I made a couple for Freya Mavor of SKINS, Stephanie Dosen took a few on tour, and recently Allison Harvard wore a dress I made her on the new All Stars Cycle 17 of America’s Next Top Model and just ordered something super special (to be blogged about soon)…

I would love to design for Zooey Deschanel, Eva Green and Marion Cotillard: do you have their phone numbers?…

Your Flutterbydaisy fashion show in 2010 was a real hit. Are there any more shows coming up?

… soon…

What are you working on now, and can we expect to see more creative delights in other fields?

A bunch of Hallowe’en dresses, two of which to send to Hannah Daisy for a creepy shoot… I’m also working on designs for a short film and a video Look Book among all the other dresses I have to get out of my head first. In the future I think I’m going to make some art with pressed flowers, and some short films of my own… we’ll see…

What are the long term plans for Flutterbydaisy?

Just going to keep doing what I want to do and I’ll end up somewhere: I see grand delights in the Flutterbydaisy future…

Lastly, a very important question. Which do you prefer: kitties or bunnies?

BUNNIES!!!!

See more of Natanya’s work at Flutterbydaisy.co.uk

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