Meet, Shaunatia Wine, an up-and-coming designer from Charleston, South Carolina. Since the age of six, Wine has bee drawing and designing and in recent years, she has made that hobby into something tangible. Her first fully designed and created piece was a dress inspired by a 1960’s mini dress with a modern/urban twist.
Wine works under the moniker, Seón Wine, as a fashion designer.
What inspired the name Seón Wine?
Well, [laughs] it’s sort of a long story, but I’ll try my best to keep it short. My original name is Shaunatia (pron. Sean-nah-Tia) Wine, which I feel, can be a mouthful to say and doesn’t fully incorporate the concept behind my brand. While experimenting and toying around with multiple ideas in my Business of Fashion class, I looked inward for inspiration. I consider myself to be a paradox, considering the masculine and feminine
qualities within my own individuality; and wanted my clothing to represent this nature as well. I then decided to shorten my full name ‘Shaunatia’ to ‘Sean’ (incorporating the masculine) in conjunction with my last name ‘Wine’ (incorporating the feminine). I originally had ‘Sean’ spelt in its native pronunciation, originating from Irish derivative; however, after further research I stumbled upon ‘Seón’. Korean in modern use, it is retraceable to its Hebrew origin; meaning: charming, charismatic, warm and devoted, intense and passionate. Another meaning for it is ‘intensity’. I felt during my research that everything was falling into place and as though I was truly finding out who I am as a person.
How would you describe your style?
I would describe my style as eclectic. I don’t consider myself as having to stick to one rigid or set aesthetic. I can go one minute, to dressing like it’s the 90’s to dressing myself up like the women of Golden Girls. I can easily go from urban to girly depending on my mood. I am somewhat of an emotional dresser and it’s become an obsession for me, to deliberate on the color, the fabric, style and period of the material. My style may seem all over the place to others, but to me it goes back to being a paradox: a walking contradiction. I read into astrology quite a bit and also relate that sometimes hectic and contradictory aspect of myself to me being a Scorpio [laughs].
What is your creative process like when designing and creating a piece?
I don’t necessarily have a set method in my creative process. As an artist I am constantly inspired by the people and situations around me. My mind is always rampant with ideas. I can detect the most minute of details, like the ridges on a leaf and be instantly inspired to make a design or a piece off of that. I can even get influence off of someone telling me a story, and consequently build an entire collection just off that vehicle. Be it an emotion or gut feeling about something am I going through, I use that. I use my design to tell a story.
What would you like the people to know about you?
I would love for them to be able to join me on my journey, and follow with me on the development and finishing of my brand and line. I would love for them to experience my story through my designs. I believe the arts are powerful. They can bring different walks of life, from diverse upbringings and varied belief systems together under the common thread of creation.
Editorial Name: Bed Peace
Photographer: Edward Chad Lawson
Model: Shaunatia Wine
Fashion Designer/Stylist: Shaunatia Wine
Designer Name: “Seón Wine”