I AM THE CHANGE :: THROUGH FASHION
My name is Emily Wade, and I’m from a little beach town in Sydney, Australia. I love anything creative — I draw, design, paint, sketch, and play the drums. My perfect day off would be a good sleep in, eggs benedict with a soy latte, then a swim at the beach.
I studied Fashion Business, and after a few years of working in the Fashion Industry, I was able to start my own business, “The Emily Anne Collective”. Oh, and I am also currently working on a new clothing line.
I was born in Southern Sydney, Australia but I lived in Thailand during my teenage years. I moved over there when I was 12 with my family to establish a children’s home for neglected and abandoned babies in a northern city called Chiang Mai. That experience definitely affected me in the way I view life. I would say I met some of the happiest people during my time there, and these people had nothing. I remember specifically meeting a man who lived in a cardboard box with his son, and yet I had never seen anyone display a smile so big. It was fascinating! It taught me to live life simply, rely on God, and it planted a seed of love for people.
Working in the fashion industry is hard as a Christian. Image, insecurity, status, and money have such a hold on people, and it breaks my heart. People will do whatever it takes to get to the top. One afternoon in college we had a guest speaker who was a successful celebrity stylist. I asked her if she had any advice, what would it be? Her answer was very simple, "Just be nice to people, because it's rare in this industry". That shook me. I had recently just returned from New York Fashion Week with a non-profit organization called Models for Christ. We went in and prayed for people through out fashion week, and just spread the love of God through the event. It was the most amazing experience and really gave me a heart for the people in the industry. That they won't find their identity in shoes and skirts, but in God. And that He is the ultimate designer that created them perfectly. God's ready to shake up the fashion industry.
One night God asked me, "If I told you to live in a mud hut in Africa for the rest of your life, would you do it?" It honestly took me a while to answer. But I thought about how much I love God, and that all I want to do in life is to serve him. Even if he told me to live in a mud hut in Africa. I think that's what worship is, although it's also so many other things. Living a life that glorifies God, that brings His love to people, using the gifts He's given us and shine His light. He loves it when His children do what they were created for.
Living a life out of my comfort zone is another form of worship for me. I like to be in a place of complete trust and faith in Him that He will provide and come through for me. And He always does.
Before I sit down to draw sometime I usually spend time with God; I pray and put on some worship music. And in that moment, pictures come to mind as I'm drawing and sketching. I really enjoy these times. As I'm designing I pray... that it won't just be a dress, but that the woman who puts on this dress will be blessed and that she'll feel beautiful, loved and empowered. I just feel like prayer is so powerful.
Something that I originally struggled with is the question of how can I make an impact on this multi million dollar industry? The reality of that set in while I was at the New York Fashion Week. I'm just a little girl from a small town in Australia, but something God keeps reminding me is that He stops for the one. There's a quote that's always at the back of my mind, "We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop." We shouldn't under estimate what we do for God. Even if we go out and pray for one person and they encounter God, heaven celebrates. There's something beautiful about that. We can't see the bigger picture, but God can. That one person could go on to bring thousands to God.. because you were obedient. All God wants is a willing heart.
In your opinion — What does the world need more of?
I just moved to a town a bit more rural then I've grown up in. The people in this town are soo friendly. People will always say good morning... I spilt chocolate milk on myself last week and people came running over with tissues to help. Makes me wonder why that's lost in big cities?