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Thanks for taking a look at my portfolio of fashion designs. As I graduate this May 2019, I aspire to work for a bridal and/or eveningwear designer in Manhattan. I look forward to hearing from you!
Before college, artistic inspiration appeared to me amidst a colorful swirl of movement, interlaced patterns, and tangent textures – while practicing or competing usually three hours daily in gymnastics, track, or other sports. Sitting down to create art provided the perfect balance for my body and soul and led to drawing, painting, and crafting. At a young age, I began focusing on wearable art, such as creating jewelry from metal or hemp.
In high school fashion class I reveled in learning to sew. This empowered my creating, rendering, and sewing my own apparel designs, which I fitted to student models for our high school’s annual runway show. Designing two collections thrilled me. Each collection was based on the year’s assigned theme and required research. For my second-year collection, I further challenged myself by creating two original designs without using a commercial pattern. Sewing provided a three-dimensional canvas for design, and that intrigued me. Consequently, I decided to pursue a degree in apparel design.
Cornell seemed the ideal university for continuing my education, largely because of its respected Fiber Science & Apparel Design (FSAD) department offering a Bachelor of Science degree. This requires taking a broad spectrum of classes, which is important because design is influenced by culture, history, the economy, psychology, social mores, technology, and textile and product availability. The Cornell Fashion Collective (CFC) offers further opportunity to experiment in designing fashion for its annual runway show, which is organized like a professional show yet it is student-run and entirely extracurricular.
Gaining real world experience through runway shows, internships, and exhibit-creation is vital to my goal of a career in apparel design. Thus, I took initiative my junior year of high school and landed a summer internship at Badgley Mischka Platinum’s Manhattan headquarters. Working with three fashion designers provided amazing insight and experiences. The internship also introduced me to luxury fibers and to the Garment District. That facilitated finding fibers and trims to finally match my envisioned designs.
Another summer I interned at Nina McLemore, where during fit sessions Nina herself taught me more ways to achieve desired fit. Management at both internships praised my attention to detail, organization, and follow-through. My years of athletic training have helped me to think visually and spatially, to develop creatively, and to practice precision and strict time management as well as to build strong teamwork skills. Performing back-flips on a balance beam and vaulting through the air have made me gutsy enough to produce fashions seemingly more advanced than my level. Designing fashion fascinates me because of the limitless artistic possibilities and the impact of each choice in the process, resulting in a finished piece that can enhance mood, stimulate conversation, unite people, and evoke memories.
During Summer 2017, I globally broadened my studies and experiences. I traveled to China on an inaugural Cornell Fiber Science & Apparel Design Study Trip. From late May into June, our small group of students, an FSAD professor, and I toured textile mills, garment factories, markets, museums, and universities in Shanghai, Jiaxing, Zheijiang, and neighboring cities, including Suzhou for traditional embroidery workshops. Chinese culture and its fashion will serve as inspiration for my future designs.
After being selected by the Art of Fashion Foundation in San Francisco, I spent the month of July in Paris taking a 160-hour Haute Couture Masterclass at the Louvre's Musée des Arts Décoratifs. A Parisian Haute Couture Designer taught us 12 international students ranging in age from 30-year-old PhD students down to me at 20 being the youngest. I created two original gowns as my interpretation of the assigned theme, The Wave. My two haute couture garments were among those chosen by the program director and the teacher for display in an exhibit at the culmination in the museum's Salon des Boiseries.
This past Summer 2018 I worked as a Bridal Design Intern for Hayley Paige & Blush Division at JLM Couture in Manhattan, NY. My responsibilities included creating new lace patterns for trims and fabrics on gowns and veils, attending meetings with embroidery vendors, and sourcing materials.
I am now in my second semester of my senior year at Cornell University. I look forward to experiencing what the future holds after my graduation in May 2019!