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Meet Raquel Gremler

Today we’d like to introduce you to Raquel Gremler.

Raquel, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I always wanted to study fashion design since I was little. I remember reading my mother’s magazines and remembering designers and fashion trends from years before. I was able to recognize details from different fashion runways, and my mother was always keen on developing this interest in me. She showed me fabrics or showed me colors that could go well together design details, and fabric textures.

When I finish high school, I moved to Berlin to study fashion design. In order to study over there, I needed work experience, and a relative had told me he was going to be filming a movie in London. I wasn’t very excited at the beginning since my dream was to be a fashion designer, but I took my chances and went to London. I have to say, in just one day my eyes opened wide. A whole new world of opportunities suddenly were in front of me. I realized in this world I could design fashion, the future, the present, and way way more. I was there for six weeks, working as a trainee for the movie Robin Hood. It was magical, to be surrounded by that level of professionals.

After I finished, I researched the best schools to study costume design and ended deciding to go to FIDM, in Los Angeles. After studying, I was able to work for some great styling companies and costume designers. My gut was telling me after a year that I had to go back to Europe and get some experience in period and fantasy costumes. So again, I hoped on a plane and moved to England. I was very fortunate and landed a job as a costume production assistant on “Alice Through The Looking Glass”.

After that there was no turning back, I worked three years straight on different project, such as “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”, “The Mummy”, “Ready Player One”, “Murder on the Orient Express”, among others. I decided to move back to LA to pursue my career as a designer.

Since I moved back, I’ve had the pleasure to work with wonderful teams, designing my own projects, and assisting other designers. It takes strength specially when one moves abroad chasing a dream, and your family are miles and miles away. But I think, if you really love what you do, you have a good work ethic, and you treat the people that surrounds you and works with you the way you would like to be treated, the row to success becomes much closer.

Has it been a smooth road?
I’ve had my ups and downs, like everybody else probably. I think I’ve been very fortunate since I’ve been in the right place at the right moment. I am a very impulsive person, but because of that same reason Ive met people and I’ve been places I would’ve maybe not met or been if I would’ve thought too much much about it. It’s never easy to be far from the family and friends, but for that same reason I promised myself when I started working in this industry that I would put them first always. So I always make some time during the year to travel and visit them.

Language is also an important factor since it can be tricky to express your ideas or thoughts in a different language. Words can come wrong, I have many funny stories about me trying to say something, and it turned out to be something absolutely different from what I meant. I always think foreigners work a bit harder as well since they have dreams to lose and no one to catch them when they fall. We try twice as much with language barriers or just cultural differences. Not to say locals don’t work hard, don’t get me wrong, I’ve had the pleasure to meet super hard working people, but when you’ve left your country, and all your doing is chase a goal, it just makes you try a bit harder.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am a costume designer and a fashion stylist. I think my travels, and my work experience in London and LA set me aside. I have a unique taste that has made me give a different point of view to my clients.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
I think LA is a great city to start. It’s full of dreamers and ideas. It might be hard to find someone who believes in your ideas probably, but if you do, it could be the start of something amazing. I think the city doesn’t need to change, the people who live there are who make the city. We have to be more welcoming to new talents, and not shut doors because you don’t look a certain way, or fit in.

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