Editor’s note: Joseph Altuzarra the fashion designer behind Target’s newest collaboration, is due out this fall. He has worked at Marc Jacobs and Proenza Schouler before opening his own line in 2008. HLN caught up with Altuzarra in August 2012 at the fashion nonprofit event, Jeffrey Fashion Cares.
HLN: When did you first become interested in fashion?
Joseph Altuzarra: It’s really embarrassing! When I was little, I used to draw. And when I saw "The Little Mermaid," I was really into her bra cups that were made out of seashells. I would keep drawing seashells, so that was probably my first fashion inspiration.
HLN: Did your drawings ever turn into a design you featured on the runway?
Altuzarra: No, but it might one day! It was obvious from an early age that I was into adornment and clothing. But I think that was really the first time that I was conscious of it. It was something that I thought was pretty and that I wanted to recreate or wanted to expand on.
HLN: Where do you go for inspiration now? You are such an accomplished designer, people probably look to you to get inspired. So where do you look for inspiration?
Altuzarra: A lot of time, it just kind of happens. It’s really a mish-mash, but probably the biggest part of it comes from movies. Usually, it’ll be a popular movie -- something where the mood gets me going, the story kind of inspires me. But it could also come from books or seeing people on the street.
HLN: What’s one movie that has inspired you recently? And how did it transpire throughout your collection?
AltuzarraJA: One collection that was inspired by a Tim Burton movie is the Fall/Winter 2010 collection. I really was super interested in his world and taking that whole language and that whole vocabulary and applying it to our brand, clothing. And it was a really fun collection to work on -- really whimsical!
HLN: Would you ever want to design costumes for a film?
Altuzarra: For sure!
HLN: What would be your dream script to design for?
Altuzarra: I’d love to design a period piece. I’d love to design something like a "Great Gatsby" or a 1940s drama -- that would be fun!
HLN: What’s next for you?
Altuzarra: Growing the line. I think we’re a very organic company -- we grow very organically, and I like to feel like the ground beneath my feet is very solid. Maybe it’s from having started the company during the recession. I think it’s really about evolving the language and the esthetic of the brand.
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