Fashion Designer Marco Parascandalo hails from the town of Birgu and he is the creative director of the eponymous Parascandalo fashion brand.
When and how did you get started in fashion design?
When I was younger, my mum owned a boutique in Birgu where we used to sell womenswear and kids wear and I grew up loving what was around me. When I grew up and had four years’ experience in London, where I experimented in most fields of the fashion industry, I then realised that this is what I wanted to do.
Describe your work in 10 words or less.
I create stylish and comfortable ready-to-wear clothing.
Do you have a favourite from among your own creations? If so, why?
In my last collection, VANITY REBELS, I created a denim jacket made from recycled denim, embellished with studs, embroidery, and hand painting. It was the showpiece of the collection, and I am proud of it because it is made sustainably.
What are you working on right now?
At the moment I am working on my next collection for Malta Fashion Week which will be debuted in May.
If you weren’t a fashion designer, what would you be?
Sign language has always fascinated me, and I think I would become an interpreter.
What is the epitome of happiness for you?
To have Parascandalo available on the international market.
What do you love about Malta?
After my four years’ experience in London I realised how much I missed the sun and the sea, which help me relax and focus on what I really want to do which is running my business. Since Malta is so small it’s easier to put your name out there and reach the right contacts and clients.
What do you hate about Malta?
Obviously, the market is smaller and certain resources are more limiting.
Favourite colour and what it means to you?
On a personal level I find myself comfortable wearing black. It’s classic and at the same time contemporary. When creating ready-to-wear collection black is always included amongst other colours that are representing the collection at the time.
What is your favourite indulgence?
On a personal level I find myself lost watching Rupaul’s Drag Race and on a business level, success after every collection/garment I create.
Photography Jan B Cassano