The Secret Lair of JIBRI

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I mentioned in the VLOG that a did a huge haul of pieces from JIBRI when I made my Atlanta visit.  With a lot of coaxing she allowed me to interview and even take pictures of her in her natural habitat.  I got to view one of kind pieces not available on her website (I even got to purchase a one of kind piece), her fabric room, and her total operation.  

As an added bonus, I ventured out with Jasmine of JIBRI for a little fabric shopping.  It was wonderful.  There were so many beautiful fabrics.   I saw this one fabric that I was in love with that she bought.  I literally dreamt about the dress that she described to me that she would make.  Needless to say the next morning I ordered it...hence the effect of JIBRIcrack.  Some people are addicted to other things, but my drug of choice is JIBRI...LOL

So I literally met you about 5 years ago as a model.  I, personally, can see the huge changes from your 1st collection to the your current collection.  How has JIBRI changed, in your eyes, in the past 5 years?

JIBRI has grown from a dream to a reality. When I look at all the dresses that I've designed, I can't believe it. JIBRI is sold all over the world now. I'm so grateful for that.  I was the odd kid in the crazy costumes. Now I'm a designer for some of the most beautiful and elegant women in the world. JIBRI was my dream then and it's still my dream. :)

What is your absolute favorite dress that you have designed for JIBRI so far?

Hmmm...I think The Ultimate Grace is one of my all time favorites. I've seen necks snap for that one.

(Check it out here)

What was your inspiration for Spring?

Gold glitter, roller skates and sunlight. None of those elements were actually in the collection...but they were in my head as I worked. LOL

When designing do you think about trends for the upcoming season?

I probably should but I usually don't. 

Does your work reflect your personal fashion taste?? Can you describe your style?

I would say yes. I was my first client. I was the protoype for the kind of woman that I thought would wear my pieces. I love all things glamorous but detest overly fussy pieces. I try to design pieces that complement the elegance and sophistication of my client. I want the room to see the woman...then the dress. 

There is a fire. You have two minutes to grab three favorite items out of your closet. What do you grab? 
My prom dress (designed by my mentor,JIBRI Mann), my Grandmother's jewelry box and a fabulous black dress. I'll have jewelry to float my looks! :)

( question was jacked from God's Favorite Shoes -- Thx Reiko)
Have you had any 'awful' or 'embarrassing' day job while getting your line off the ground?

I have had....25 + jobs since I was 14 and most of them were painful! LOL....I still can't believe I've had that many jobs but I guess I've never really bonded with a job because my love for creating was always so strong. The worst would have to be a call center job at a copy machine company. I literally was planning my Shawshank escape every millisecond of the day. Uggh...That job was the WORST!

So you know I couldn't leave without trying on a few things.  I wish I had more times, there were literally racks and racks of clothes right in front of me.  I tried to jack a couple of things and put them in my purse...but I didn't get too far. LOL IM KIDDING!  I tried on the Samantha dress and the One Shoulder Rhapsody.  I came away with the Samantha in the nude and green.  Now I just have to figure out somewhere to go.

Anybody have any terrible jobs that they hated?  --- I worked at Wal-Mart when I was sixteen.  I got fired for sleeping in the supply closet. Don't judge me!