Describe your collection's theme.: My collection's theme is Greek Goddesses. I used the simple elegance that goes along with the ancient Grecian dress, but threw in a modern twist.

What is your favorite part of the design process?: I think the whole design process from illustration to final garment is a beautiful experience. My favorite part of it all though is making the pattern and then transforming the pattern into the real life piece of clothing. Just seeing my creation go from a sketch on a piece of paper to a beautiful garment that someone could wear is unimaginable.

 What are you inspired by?: I draw inspiration from everything around me, but a lot of my inspiration is from books, nature and art. I can get lost in a book for hours and the whole time its is playing in my head like a movie. I can see every scene and every piece of clothing the characters are wearing, then I also draw inspiration from the characters themselves. With art you can look at a beautiful painting and get a feel for its character. From that character and from the vast possibilities I draw ideas.

Who is your favorite designer?: The designer I have looked up to ever since I was little is Oscar de la Renta. It started out as childhood awe with the beauty of his many dresses. Now that I've grown and gone through this program my appreciation for his skill and utterly flawless designs are what make him my favorite designer. I have also appreciated Alexander McQueen's work for many years now because he was never afraid to step outside the box with a design.

 What is your dream job?: My dream job is to have my own company and label. I would have full creative control and be able to put my designs on store racks all over the country, maybe even the world! This would be after I've spent time in the industry working under a designer where I could continue my learning from school and apply it to the real world.

 Any hobbies outside of fashion design?: I love spending time with my family and friends. I also feel so relaxed curling up with a good book and a cup of coffee. My bookshelf is overflowing with many different genres and each time I dive into a new book, I feel like I'm going on adventure.

 What are your plans after graduation?: My immediate plans after graduation are to move back to Houston, where I'm originally from, to be with family. I am also going to be setting up interviews to hopefully find a job.

What have you learned/any advice for other fashion design students?: I've learned communication is key in this industry, time management is a must, and to always have a snack with you because work can get hectic, causing you to forget meals.

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