Me + Fashion

Sunday, March 14, 2010

The following question and answer were taken from my Formspring. I’m also putting this same thing into my “Who-ett?” page.

At what time in your life did you develop a passion for fashion? Also, which designers inspire you the most?
At the beginning of my junior year of High School, I was sitting in my History class, and I randomly drew a picture of a woman wearing a grey cowl-neck sweater, dark skinny jeans with ankle zippers, big dark glasses, and grey platform Mary Jane-style wedges with a round gold logo.

I then proceeded to spend the rest of the school year designing what I would guess was near 60 other shoes for that collection, as well as purses, garments, and jewelry, all along the same lines.

I spent senior year expanding on my ideas in two different directions: I began experimenting for more radical, experimental silhouettes and constructions, and conversely began putting intense thought into the basics of Truett Ogden, the company. I spent my graphic design class creating a brand identity through letterheads, business cards, and even a line of T-shirts (that almost was!), then spent my other classes dreaming up collections inspired by skeletons, Danish royalty, et cetera.

My freshman year at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago was an invigorating journey into the depths of my ambitions. I spent my first year here at SAIC thinking and rethinking the psyche of the Truett Ogden brand, as well as beginning my clothes-making experience with an Introduction to Fashion class. While other classes pushed me to explore what fashion is to humanity (and to me,) I challenged myself to outline the core principles that will carry my concept of fashion into a not only tangible, but successful, and even beautiful, reality!

Sophomore year saw me truly getting started in a big way on learning the skills of the trade, with my first year in the school’s 3-year Fashion program. While I proved myself a skillful tailor, I was also pushed to explore the conceptual side of fashion, and found delight in an enriched understanding of the world of fashion! I was chosen to open my school’s annual fashion show by my instructors, with a voluminous and technically-challenging skirt and top look inspired by war machines (like tanks and planes) taken as non-aggressive, esthetic objects.

I am inspired by Miuccia Prada’s limitless creativity. I am inspired by Marc Jacobs’ wit. I am inspired by Alber Elbas’ intuition. I am inspired by Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren’s audacity. I am inspired by Lee McQueen’s artistry. I am inspired by Cristobal Balenciaga’s craft. I am inspired by Martin Margiela’s humor.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: