Interview with the Designer Raquel Redmond
(Fashion Odds Team )Tell me a little about yourself. Where are you from? What’s your educational background? What are your general professional and non-professional interests?
(Raquel Redmond) “I grew up in a very small town in Northeastern Iowa on a farm. My mother was a wonderful seamstress and I definitely can say she was a major influence on my career and life in general. I have always a lover of all the arts. I started sewing when I was 8 years old, have sang since I was 6 years old starting in church and with my wonderful musically inclined family. I never was the child that wanted to sit and watch tv. I was in my room creating something through sewing, drawing, painting, or I would be blaring my music in my room dancing and singing my little heart out. I believe my passion and drive to style musicians, dancers, and artist’s comes from the fact that I do love all the arts.”
(Fashion Odds Team ) What does fashion mean to you?
(Raquel Redmond) “Fashion comes from being your self. I believe ever body does or should have their own style. I made my line to cater to everybody’s individual needs. ‘In a world where everything is mass- produced, we Style to Stand Out” That is my slogan and I stand firmly on that. Making one-of-a-kind pieces to make men and women feel confident and not have to worry about stepping into a room and that girl or guy has the same shirt or dress or vest as you. In Enna Le’ Uqar there will always only be ONE of each design. Catering to Individuality, flaunting your style, and starting NEW trends. Fashion by Enna Le’ Uqar.”
(Fashion Odds Team ) How would you describe your city’s fashion?
(Raquel Redmond)” I believe Minneapolis has a great fashion network but definitely has to grow. Not just in the actual designing but in the knowledge of modeling, coordinating and coaching/helping eachother locally instead of outsourcing to cities that already have a strong fashion community. These last 2 years I have been here I have started my journey to reach out as much as I can in the twin cities to help in those areas. I have choreographed multiple shows for RAW artist and other designers based out of MN as well as my own shows/shoots. I also do my best to make sure I work with local agencies as much as possible to help them with styling on there shoots/shows. I do individual model coaching as well as instructing an International Performing Arts School based out of LA. So YES I do love the fashion community in MN but I am very driven and focused on helping the fashion community build.”
(Fashion Odds Team )When did you realize you wanted to become a fashion designer?
(Raquel Redmond) “I have always been crazy about clothing. Since I was a little girl designing clothing for my barbies I knew I was always going to be a fashionista! My teen years I really was focused on my music and had a very strict drive to further my singing career. It was not until I was 21 and was prepping to move to Los Angeles CA that I bought my own sewing machine and sat at it for the next 4 years day and night just working and bettering my skills. There was endless nights I stayed up til 5 in the morning or just not sleep at all just to sew something new. I wanted to be the best I could be and I wanted to make my own look. I did that and more and will never stop! ”
(Fashion Odds Team )What was the first article of clothing you ever designed?
(Raquel Redmond) “Well technically the first article of clothing I designed was for a Barbie and was not the most glamorous work of art,My first piece I was extremely excited about making was a remake of Josephine Baker’s banana skirt. It was for a documentary a on fashion icons in Los Angeles, CA and was extremely fun to make!”