10 Questions with Phoebe Murphy

Fashion illustrator and design student.

Here at Couturesque, we're really passionate about supporting young creatives.  When we first started the site in 2014, our intention was to create a platform for budding fashionistas to share their work with their peers, minus the bureocracy and ageism of other competing publications.  Enter our 10 Questions interview series, which debuted this March and has showcased the work of seven (so far!) young women making an impact on the industry.  Today, we're spotlighting Aussie artist gal Phoebe Murphy, whose punchy and colourful fashion illustrations having been giving our Instagram feeds major life recently.  As a business and graphic design student, Phoebe splits her time between class and creating, using art to recreate details from the runways of Armani, Jeremy Scott, Kenzo, and others.  We chatted with Phoebe about what inspires her and where she sees the future of the industry heading. 

What do you do and how did you get started?
I’m a student and fashion illustrator, and I work part-time at a marketing agency in Brisbane.  I’ve always loved fashion and art, so I knew I wanted to be involved in these industries in my future. I started taking my illustrations a bit more seriously when I was about 16 as a way to get my ideas out of my head. 

What are you currently working on?
At the moment I’m working on illustrating of some looks from the Menswear Spring 2017 collections... they were so experimental and gender fluid this season! I’m also investigating new and different mediums to display my work on as well as working on creating some caps - so watch this space! 

How do you stay motivated?
Thinking about what I want my future to be and telling myself that my dreams and goals are not impossible... anything can be achieved!

What's the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
I honestly hit snooze on my alarm probably three times, but once I’m awake I check Instagram and emails and grab a soy latté. 

What store do you never leave without buying at least one thing?
There’s a shoe store called Zomp near my work that has the absolute best sales and range of brogues!

Style icon?
Adowa Aboah, she has this creative and cool style that’s so effortless and put together. She honestly pulls off so many unexpected styles and accessories, like a light blue beret or yellow Vetements platform boots (which I am VERY jealous of)!

Look that never dies?  
A black high neck top with huge earrings.

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Where do you see the fashion industry in 10 years?
I hope to see the line between men’s and women’s clothing more blurred. I think the recent men’s fashion week saw that this is already becoming evident, which is really cool! I also hope that sustainability will become a bigger part of the industry, I think we’re getting to the point where the way we produce clothes is just not sustainable for our earth anymore.  
Proudest moment?
I don’t know if I have one particular moment, but any time I’ve achieved a goal which I have set my mind to and worked hard for - especially if it might have been against my odds - that’s always a killer moment!

What advice would you give to your younger self?
Stop questioning yourself and caring about what others think! And keep working your ass off because everything works out in the end!   

Images c/o @phoebemurphydesigns

Are you digging the intersection of art and fashion?  So is Marleigh Culver, graphic designer for e-retailer Need Supply Co.  You'll also want to see what happened when we went to Williamsburg, Brooklyn to chat with creative cookie and stylist Gia Seo a few weeks ago. 

WHO: Tia, Editor in Chief at Couturesque magazine
WHERE: Toronto
OBSESSED WITH: 70s style Aviators
Listening to: Work Song - Hozier
CAN BE FOUND AT: @tia.elisabeth

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I founded Couturesque Magazine when I was 15 years old because like many of my peers, I felt ignored and talked down to by all of the other teen fashion publications out there. I figured that at the end of the day, the people who knew the most about my generation, were the people who belonged to it. The fashion industry is becoming increasingly dependent on the creativity of younger voices who challenge the status quo and make us rethink what we wear and why we wear it. And that is exactly what Couturesque set out to celebrate - authenticity, intelligence, originality, and diversity... in other words, what makes Gen-Z tick. Fast-forward to 2016 and we now have a staff of more than a dozen fashion distruptors contributing to our daily content from all around the globe, 100K+ readers following us from Toronto to New York, to London, Copenhagen, Berlin, Tokyo, and Tel Aviv, and a plethora of big-wig industry fans and collaborators. But what matters to us the most is the responsibility that our publication has to make a positive impact in the lives of those who come across it - we stand against retouching our photoshoots and we stand for sharing the beautiful, individual, complex voices of everyone, especially those who feel marginalized by mainstream fashion media. We hope that you love our site as much as we do and that you take the time to follow us (Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Pinterest / Tumblr / Snapchat / YouTube) throughout our journey to make fashion accessible to the powerful young adults of today.

Tia Elisabeth Glista
Editor in Chief