Fashion: Q & A with Emily Miller-Sharma

If you could dress anyone in the world, who would it be and why?

Helen Clark - it's pretty amazing that a previous Prime Minister has gone on to be recognised as number 21 on Forbes Magazine's list of the world's 100 most powerful women. She's the administrator of the UN Development Programme and goes to some really amazing places and meets amazing people. Obviously, part of the job would be that I would be required to go everywhere she goes.

What is the most treasured item in your wardrobe?

I think it would have to be my navy Ruby coat. It was from one of Deanna [Didovich]'s first collections as the Ruby designer a few years ago and it is still the perfect shape and colour. Season after season.

What is your favourite item from your current collection?

It's called the shundar dancing top. The name comes from part of the word "sundarban" (shundar meaning beautiful), which is a jungle that is partly in Indian territory and where I have drawn inspiration from for the collection. It's in an iridescent colour that is great to wear.

The fabric is a beautiful silk cotton jacquard, and it's comfortably oversized, but the ruffle at the hem makes it feel a little more special. Also, the back neck-tie has little bells attached that twinkle when I walk around.

What did your school report card say?

Towards the end of high school, attendance was an issue in any subject that wasn't art-related, but other than that my report cards were pretty good. Aside from the social awkwardness of being a teenager, I would love to go back to school - I really, really love learning. And learning for the sake of learning is such a luxury.

If you were a mastermind, what would your specialist topic be?

If I could make up a new segment called "making beautiful colour combinations" I would nail it.

- Hamilton News

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