Jun 27, 2015 9:36AM

Studio Visit: Christopher Esber, Shot By Ben Simpson

Björk, the beach and cherries inside.

Young gun Christopher Esber has a lot going on right now. He's about to show his Resort 16 collection in Paris, has just launched a shiny new online store, and is a finalist for the DHL Express Fashion Export Scholarship for 2015. We caught up with Chris in his studio where we spotted tear pages from Oyster and old school pictures of Björk on the walls and played dress-ups in his new collection, and asked him the following questions...

Last time we saw you was at your very chill Resort presentation during fashion week. How was that experience for you?
The presentation was a relaxed and understated mood. I loved that there was opportunity to present the collection in an environment where each garment was conversational. Guests could go up to the models and interact, touching and feeling fabrics, seeing the detail and tailoring up close.

What are you working on now?
I've been lucky enough to be a finalist for the DHL Fashion Scholarship, and represent Australia-Pacific in Vogue Italia and San Pellegrino's Talents initiative which is set in Milan. Next is Paris, where I'll be showing my Resort 16 collection to international buyers.

Tell us about some of the things in your studio.
I'm a visual person, so the is studio covered with mood board images from international and local editorials, images sourced online and textiles which interest me. I love collecting design books and stationery bought when I'm travelling overseas.

How would you describe the vibe in your working space?
It's a relaxed environment. At the back of the office, my desk sits underneath three large windows. We have a large communal/industrial style work bench which is used by my production team and pattern makers. It's always covered in patterns and fabric! Underneath the bench are arches which hold woven and antique textiles sourced in my travels.

Who is your muse right now?
I wouldn't say I have a specific muse, I take inspiration from the everyday women around me. The way they put their look together or style their hair...the undone quality interests me.

Photography: Ben Simpson
Hair and make-up: Peter Beard @ Work Agency
Model: Ellen @ Work

Nadia Bailey