Interview: Saoirse Curran
Saoirse Curran is a musician with a love for fashion. I was lucky enough to interview Saoirse about her fashion and modelling.
Hello! Thank you so much for letting me interview you. How are you?
I'm great thank you, excited to be on your blog.
Tell us a little bit about your background.
Well I am from a little town called Frodsham in Cheshire which I love. It's an old market town full of lovely people. I am half Irish so that is why I have an Irish name Saoirse pronounced seer-sha which is Gaelic for freedom. I am currently studying Psychology at University of Chester and working part time at New Look. I love all things to do with fashion and play the guitar and sing in my free time.
Describe your style.
I am a lot of mixtures of styles I enjoy vintage/retro styles but also love modern interpretations of vintage clothing which is in a lot of shops these days. I also love the floral boho look.
When did you start getting into fashion?
I would say when I started high school, I liked to follow trends but with a twist of my personality mixed in. Then when I got to college I think that's when I realised my own individual style.
Where are your favourite places to shop?
I love thrift shop in Manchester there is lots of great vintage designer pieces in there for reasonable prices. I also love charity shopping but also shopping online on places like Depop, Ebay and Etsy.
What inspired you to get into vintage fashion?
I think it was from watching films and TV shows like clueless, 10 things I hate about you, grease and friends. I've always loved the outfits Rachel wears on friends.
Do you think it is an important aspect to make your own clothing?
Yes, I think making your own clothing shows off your own personality. From a young age I have loved up-cycling some of my clothes by cutting and sewing. More recently I have been designing images to iron on to t shirts as I love graphic tees.
Do you have any tips for anyone shopping in vintage and charity shops?
Always try on clothes you like the look of in charity shops do not dismiss buying something because it's the wrong size because I sometimes find oversized looks much better and sometimes older clothe sizes are not the same as the sizes we have now.
Why do you think charity shops are an important place to shop for clothes?
I think it is important because the money you spend on the clothes is going to do something for a cause and if clothes are there to be reused there's no need to go and buy new ones when a lot of clothes in charity shops you won't be able to find on the high-street.
Your style is very unique and wonderful; how do you go about styling different clothes? When I buy clothes I always try to picture them with clothes I already have and build an outfit. Some times I'll picture an outfit in my head but then try it on and not like it so try different combinations. I also love seeing outfit posts on Instagram and take inspiration from those.
Have you always been into fashion?
I have always loved anything to do with fashion but only really got the hang of it the last couple of years. Which is proved from some of my old photographs of me in bright green jeans.
What new pieces have you picked up for this Autumn and Winter, that we haven't seen on your Instagram yet?
I've just recently bought a black fedora hat which I am loving. My dad has always worn fedora's that's how people recognise him so I feel like I've joined the club now.
What are some of your current fashion obsessions?
I love a good tartan and gingham print especially now it is coming up to Christmas. I have recently just got a vintage pleated tartan skirt from Lou Lou's vintage fair which I am sure I will get the wear out of this Christmas.
What are your favourite pieces of clothing?
I love mom jeans I feel like they can be dressed up with heeled boots and bodysuits but also dressed down with t shirts and sweatshirts tucked in with a belt.
What could you not live without?
My dungarees I love them if I ever don't know what to wear I just grab a polo neck top or sweatshirt and my dungarees.
Do you have any career plans?
All I know is that I want to use my Psychology degree to help children with all different needs within an education setting. As I know from experience an educational environment can be difficult to deal with for many young people.
Do you have a favourite fashion magazine?
I used to love the Magazine Company and used pages from it to wallpaper one of my walls in my room but they stopped publishing it. I also love collecting vintage Vogue magazines from vintage and charity shops.
What made you recently decide, to start modelling?
I have always had an interest in modelling due to my love of fashion but never had the confidence to put myself out there. So when I had seen that We Are Hairy People were looking for models who embraced natural beauty I thought it would help me with my self-esteem. What was even better was that Emily one of the We Are Hairy People models was doing her own shoot for her body positivity project on the same day which was great to be involved in as she is an amazing photographer.
Who was your first style icon?
Probably my grandma. I used to love looking at old photos of her in shearling jackets and gingham dresses. She still is my style icon now she's recently bought a pair of boots with embroidered stars on them that I have my eye on.
Why has social media been an important platform for you to use?
I love using Instagram to spot the latest trends. But also love seeing some of the creative work of photographers and models and their way of portraying fashion.
What do we hope to see in this up and coming year for your Instagram?
Hopefully some new fashion pieces will make an appearance as I am trying to get my hands on a tapestry/jacquard style jacket and maybe some Halloween and Christmas pics.
Do you have any advice for anyone who would like to set up their own Instagram?
Just be you, post what interests you and have fun with it.
What's the best piece of creative advice you've ever been given?
I think the best advice I have heard is "don't be afraid to be you" which I have heard from my family members a lot. So don't just do things for others. Do what makes you happy and be who you want to be.
You can follow Saoirse Curran on her Instagram page ‘https://www.instagram.com/saoirse_c/’. She is always posting her modelling photographs and fashion. Photography by Emily Parker.