A few years later, around age five, I attended my second fashion show. My Nana happened to be modeling in this show as well. As you can see from the photo on the right, it was a jaw-dropping experience for me. I went home and tried to create fashion from anything I could find. I didn't realize at that time you can purchase fabric so I found some bandanas lying around the house and created a head-to-toe outfit (including matching nail polish). I would use a stapler and staple anything together that I could think of to make clothing (including plastic and construction paper). When I was five, my mom bought me a junior sewing machine at a toy store and I began sewing outfits for my Project Runway mannequins. The machine broke all the time and I would always have to bring it over to my Pop's house for him to fix. I was able to make a few bags and a dress with this machine. Technically, I made my first dress when I was five with this little plastic toy sewing machine. When I was eight, Santa brought me my first real sewing machine (a Brother) for Christmas, which I am still using today. My birthday is the day after, and I received an enormous box filled with yards and yards of gorgeous fabric and ribbon from my parents. Then my third grade teacher Sarah encouraged me to make my graduation dress, which I did and also made a matching clutch. From that point, I knew fashion design was my destiny.
I make all of my own patterns. My favorite type of machine is my Brother LS2125i sewing machine. I would describe my style as original, vibrant, inventive and classic. I love using prints and bold colors. I also love trying new ideas and taking huge risks. Sometimes they work and sometimes they don't, but I always like to try new things.
Someone I would love to meet in the future is Karl Lagerfeld, the man is a genius! If I had to choose to bring one designer back to life it would be, of course, Coco Chanel. She was amazing and I am so inspired by her work. Alexander McQueen is a close second!!! One thing I treasure is I got the pleasure of exchanging letters with Peter Copping, and he gave me some valuable advice, which I try to follow every day. I am so excited that he is in the United States and hope I get the chance to meet him in person sometime soon.
As a junior designer, I would love to have my own brand or line for a store in the future. One of my long-term goals, besides going to Parsons, is to win the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund and get the opportunity to meet and work with Anna Wintour. Until then, I am busy sewing something new every week to improve and grow as a designer. Please keep checking the 'Portfolio' section of this website to see my latest creations.
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