Zola Enkhbold Exclusive Interview with The 7th Magazine’s Blog, Luxury Chapters
by Paulina Skowrońska
You’ve been in the fashion design and illustrations field for about 3 years now. How’s
the journey been so far?
It’s been great. Although 3 years sound short, it has been a long – adventurous
journey. I’ve done projects with many wonderful people including designers,
bloggers, and entrepreneurs and have learned a lot from them. People come up
with a lot of interesting, innovative projects. Really enjoyed the experience of
working to gain over hundred thousand followers on Instagram through the years
and knowing that I give them an inspiration and motivation is a true happiness.
Your illustrations present mainly women wearing haute couture creations. Why?
I would like to believe that I don’t just present women wearing haute couture
design, I try to create women who are independent, smart, beautiful, strong
minded, and fierce and each having different personality. In my view, it is the
people who make clothes come alive. The women I create, each have different
style and unique features and they make the dress look alive.
Does being a self-taught artist affect your work?
It does. Every illustration, every project is a new learning experience. Most of the
time you have to get creative and find a way to make it work, otherwise there’s
nobody to help you. On the other hand, it gives me a freedom to create as I see
and feel without limitation of how things should be academically.
You studied Marketing at university. Does it come in handy while working as a
Freelance Fashion Illustrator?
All the time. From targeting the right market to running my own website,
marketing knowledge gets quite handy. Especially for my YouTube channel, you
have to find the right style and teaching technique for the right viewers. It helps
me see through my supporters’ perspective. But as we all know, some of the
stuff, you won’t learn in school. You just have to be your own teacher and learn
as you go.
On your Instagram, I saw a picture from the movie “Marie Antoinette”, starring
Kristen Dunst. Do you think being a costume designer is something you’d like to
pursue in the future?
I thought about it but I wanted to become a theatrical costume designer when I
was young. I watch a lot of movies and admire their costumes and make up, it’s
something I do for fun besides illustration. I think, directors like Sofia Coppola,
Martin Scorsese, Baz Lurhmann have the greatest and beautiful costume design
set in their movies.
You took something you were really passionate about and made a living out of it.
What would your advice be to anyone who would like to do the same?
I say this all the time: Be Original & Be Creative. Don’t follow the trend, make
the trend. If you’re passionate about something, it won’t feel like work.
What do you think the future holds for you and your work?
I think I will continue on this journey and see where it leads me. For me, it is the
process and the journey that I enjoy the most. Currently looking into
merchandising opportunities. Working on releasing a notebook and a calendar
with my illustrations in the near future. Would love to hear back from your
readers on this! Will be posting the exact release date on my social media.