Talented local artist heads to Paris Fashion Week

Former ACG Strathallan student, 23 year old Lucy Gill, from Pukekohe, is already making waves in the world of art and fashion.

After completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours from Elam School of Fine Arts in 2017, she has exhibited her paintings in Matakana’s Vivian Art Gallery, Sanderson Gallery in Auckland and worked at Paris Fashion Week alongside Kiwi fashion consultant Jo Knight. This month she’ll head to Paris as Brand Co-ordinator for Knight Collective Showroom, presenting three Kiwi and American brand’s resort collections to buyers as part of Paris Fashion Week.

Lucy’s art is characterised by soft colours and lack of harsh lines or edges and she describes it as feminine and imaginative. She uses an ‘aesthetic vocabulary’ of shapes and symbols to depict her thoughts, “a visual structure to convey something untouchable like our wandering minds.” Lucy started working in fashion while studying art at Elam and sees synergies between the two. “The connection for me ultimately lies with my appreciation for the creative process,” said Lucy. “There’s such beautiful craft and process to the creation of fashion, especially when garments are ethically and sustainably thought through.”

Her ultimate aim is to continue growing her art practice alongside her career in fashion. “I’m only at the beginning and I learn so much every day. I love that my work challenges me, I find a lot of satisfaction in working hard and I feel lucky to be able to work creatively and enjoy what I do.” Lucy’s career is now firmly established in Auckland, but she still comes home to visit her parents in Pukekohe East regularly. Lucy said “I’ve been lucky to have parents who’ve believed in my creative ambition. It’s great living in Auckland, but I love being at home!”


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