Tara Tarapetian is an upcoming fashion designer with the potential to be Wales’ next big fashion export, alongside Julien Macdonald.
Tara, 22, from Swansea graduated with a BA in Fashion Design from The University of South Wales and has exhibited garments at the World Retail Awards 2013.
She believes that style should be used to empower women and creates strong silhouettes to reflect this. However Tara’s designs are not influenced by trends.
Her spring summer 2014 collection is inspired by literature, in particular J. D. Salinger’s work. Another inspiration is the nomadic lifestyle with an emphasis on their travels.
Tara said: “I design for strong women who like to travel. I would like to dress Lady Gaga.”
In the next few years there are plans for the Tara Tarapetian brand to expand with an accessories line. Tara also wants to set up a manufacturer in Wales to make her clothing.