BETWEEN US: Tiffany Pisani
From an early age, Tiffany Pisani’s creative streak began to shine. She attended ballet lessons, enjoyed sports and loved fashion.
Always happy to experiment with her hair and her own sense of style, Tiffany was scouted at the age of 13 for her first local photo shoot. A series of magazine covers, fashion shows and local modelling competitions ensued.
When she was 17, Tiffany travelled to Milan and was picked up by an agency, giving her international experience. In 2010, she was crowned Britain’s Next Top Model.
Since winning the title, Tiffany has worked in many countries worldwide with internationally renowned designers, stylists and companies.
In February 2012, Tiffany was chosen to work in the Paris Couture, Milan and London Fashion Weeks.
di-ve.com spoke to Tiffany to find out more about her fashion-forward career.
How did you come to be interested in fashion?
From a young age, the fashion and entertainment industries have always intrigued me. I took part in all the plays at school and started designing and sewing costumes.
I have worked in retail before, and that was great because it gives you a better understanding of what customers are looking for.
What does fashion mean to you?
Fashion to me is a creative vision translated into garments. I think somebody with a good sense of style understands what best complements their body shape.
How would you define your personal style?
My personal style changes quite often, especially when I am travelling. I seem to be influenced by other cultures and their fashion and I like to incorporate it into my own style.
Overall, I would say I like unusual shapes and tend to stick to bolder colours during the day and prints in the evening.
How would you describe fashion in Malta as compared to other places?
I think Maltese people like to follow fashion, especially the younger generation. I see an influence from Italian fashion, but their sense of style also reminds me of Essex style since in the evenings, many people tend to go for a more glamorous look.
Malta has all the potential in the world to become a fashion capital. Its location is perfect, so it would make a good base for designers and taxes are much lower here compared to other countries.
I see a big improvement in the fashion industry in Malta but unfortunately it still has a long way to go. Still, there are many opportunities.
Who do you enjoy working with locally?
I enjoy working with Charles and Ron as they are very talented. I also like to work with hairdresser Thomas Fenech, photographer Matthew Attard Navarro, makeup artist and model Stephanie Hodgkins and stylist Carina Camilleri.
How did you take your career from Malta to the UK?
I have always been persistent and ambitious, which I think is important as the fashion industry is brutal and very harsh. I won a modelling contract in 2010, and that gave me a boost and pushed me into the UK market. It has changed my life completely, and I have met many talented and creative people who have inspired me.
What is the inspiration and motivation behind your new line of swimwear?
Tiffany Pisani is a luxury collection of swimwear whose silhouettes are designed to be timeless yet contemporary, making women feel confident and comfortable.
The 2012 collection includes flattering briefs, halter neck tops and twisted bandeaus adorned with buckles, beading and vibrant prints.
The collection is inspired by the beautiful country of Brazil, renowned for its quality swimwear.
As an international model, I feel I have a keen eye for upcoming trends since I work with high-end designers on and off the catwalk every day. This is my debut into fashion design in collaboration with an experienced team of people.
The collection is available online at www.tiffanypisani.com and pieces can be found at Label C Shop on the Tigne Seafront in Sliema.
What is one of your proudest moments as a model?
One of my proudest moments was last January, when I walked in Paris Haute Couture Fashion week.
Where do you get your inspiration?
My inspiration comes from travelling, meeting and working with talented people and wanting to make women feel confident.
Who are some of your favourite designers?
My favourite designers are Charles and Ron, BCBG Max Azria, Alexander McQueen, Jimmy Choo and Aminaka Wilmont.
I like Zara as a high street brand. ASOS is great, especially for style tips, and I would also recommend my website, www.tiffanypisani.com, for swimwear.
What are your fashion goals?
I have many goals in mind related to both modelling and design, I like to take it day by day and set targets for myself.
What else are you currently working on?
I am also taking acting lessons and studying entrepreneurship.
What trends do you see making waves in the coming season?
We will be seeing lots of bold prints with psychedelic colours, nose jewellery and wings.
What advice would you give to aspiring Maltese fashionistas?
I would say never give up. It is important to keep pushing and motivating yourself.
How close are you to Malta? Do you still consider it home?
I love Malta and I am very proud to have been born and raised here, but unfortunately I could not further my career as a model if I were to choose to live here.
My swimwear line will be based in Malta so I will be coming back for work, but it also feels like a holiday.