Describe your collection's theme.: I would like to consider my collection to be a middle ground of streetwear and luxury fashion that was heavily inspired by the streets of New York. This collection is meant for people who wear streetwear in their everyday lives but are seeking something to elevate their style without losing their aesthetic.
What is your favorite part of the design process?: Conceptualizing a collection and illustrating it is my favorite part of the design process. I like to design a look from head to toe, including garments, accessories, makeup, styling, etc. so that I can easily share my vision and so that my audience can get an idea of what my aesthetic is.
What are you inspired by?: I play a lot of games and watch a lot of anime because I'm a big ol nerd but I do draw most of my inspirations from them. I think something I really have a knack for is taking my inspirations, such as fantasy creatures found in Bloodborne and Silent Hill or mechas in Neon Genesis Evangelion, and applying them to fashion in a way that's not too literal or costumey. Fashion is all about the garments, so no matter what I'm inspired by, I always wanna make sure I can apply that to the garment in a way that's functional, presentable, and wearable.
Who is your favorite designer?: Alexander McQueen hands down is my all time favorite designer no questions about it period dot com. What he was able to accomplish in the fashion industry during his time in the world is mind-blowing. He took fashion to another level that was abstract and other worldly, but at the same time he was able to clearly exhibit his inspiration and vision so that it made sense to his audience.
What is your dream job?: Being an independent designer is my ultimate life goal so that I am able to be in full control of my designs and share it with the world the way that I would want it to be shared. Being a creative director of a high end fashion brand would be a close second. I have really high aspirations so I have a lot of work ahead of me.
Any hobbies outside of fashion design?: Fashion illustration is probably what I'm best at so I'm always drawing. I'll draw anything from fashion, makeup, fantasy creatures, and more; I'm happy as long as I have a pen and paper in my hand.
What are your plans after graduation?: After graduation, I'd love to work for designers in Dallas so that I am still close to my family and see where that takes me. I'd also love to explore job opportunities in New York, and travel to other fashion capitals such as London and Tokyo to get a sense of what fashion is like outside of the U.S.
What have you learned/any advice for other fashion design students?: I'd like to let the sophomore and junior fashion design students know to spend as much time as you can in the studio outside of class.There are so many resources available to you, USE THEM!! Mainly the studio but also the FABLAB to experiment with fabric manipulation and label tag making, the CVAD computer lab to be proficient in Adobe programs, and Eagle Images to print high quality portfolio spreads and illustration.