Design Is Liberation!

Interview with Shenuki de Silva, emerging fashion designer

Shenuki discovered fashion by accident. As a bored teenager, she drew and doodled on her books. Over time, influenced by her own sense of style, this obsession to draw, turned into a love for fashion design. Today, Shenuki uses fashion as a way to derive and translate her personal experiences, muses, and daily inspirations. Her ability to recreate what moves her, with a keen sense of artistry and aesthetic has helped her transform her approach to fashion and also, life. Through this process that allows her to make sense of this human experience, Shenuki has been able to make herself feel independent and liberated, as it allows her to celebrate her own thinking and self. Discussing her beginnings, work, the typical challenges in the creative process and the most rewarding aspect of what she does, Shenuki gave this exclusive interview to The Sunday Leader.


How did you find your way into creativity?

I wasn’t always the creative kid in class but eventually with time I grew into it. I would say it had alot to do with boredom leading me to doodle and as for the passion for fashion, it was always in me so I guess I found my match into designing.

Can you talk about your favourite project to date?

Working on my signature collection for the final year is by far my favorite project. It was inspired by the famous literature ‘Wuthering Heights’ by Emily Bronte. I’ve always wanted to do a collection based on a piece of literature so I went ahead with Wuthering Heights which had a lot of depth as a whole. It helped me create a great concept inspired by its melancholic nature mixed with Victorian fashion and where in order to create something modern in the design world.

What were the challenges?

Overall this project was very challenging. From the color palette to design details to textile it took a lot of time and effort. The hardest part was taking down Victorian inspiration and creating something for the modern society out of it.

What do you love about being a designer?

You get to be independent and that sense of liberation is not something that you can expect from any other profession. You get to be who you are. As an artist you can be as expressive as you want to be and I believe that it is a really beautiful thing.

How would you interpret design?

Design takes a lot of time, effort and hard work which goes unnoticed. But the combination of everything creates a beautiful outcome which makes you proud of it at the end of the day. So yes design is never what it just seems to be on the outside but it’s everything put together and every single second that you spent on it for it to become what it is.




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