Post grad life isn't all, "model squad goals" and champagne with Dior; It's hard work. It's up to you to make that next move so those dreams can become a reality, only this time, no one is chasing after you with a red pen to correct each detail; you have to be self-motivated. So, here is MY next big move; Capitol F unveils the filthy mouth of the design process before fashion hits the runway. This is where we break rules. This is where the sky isn't the limit. This is where we bleed and cry and stress before something beautiful is made. This is where runway meets my way.
WELCOME TO REHEARSAL!
Fashion and I just fell into place, it's as simple as that. From the moment I opened my first Vogue at age five, I was hooked. Fast forward thirteen years, I'm 18 and heading off to college. I spent five years studying design at Western Michigan University and joined many organizations from Alpha Chi Omega national sorority, to the Alpha Program peer mentoring, and MODA (Merchandising Opportunity and Design Association). MODA is the completely student-run organization that engages in the community with fundraising and social gatherings, all in an effort to promote their semi-annual fashion shows. During my eight semesters with MODA, I took part in every aspect of creating these inspiring fashion shows. I began with fundraising and VIP parties for the shows, to taking over dress rehearsals, and finally designing and developing five lines that dominated the runway. After I had reached my peak with MODA, my best friend and I began a photography company, FATTIBENE. FATTIBENE began with only a few editorials from a grimy, student ghetto basement, but that's all we needed to make an impression. We were contacted by many incredible companies, such as Greenhouse productions, to photograph live events featuring up-and-coming artists. We worked with John Born, Ink Chink, Geoff Simmons, and Dej Loaf. We started this project with the idea that we had more to offer the fashion world, and we were right.
I work best under a deadline, and I need multiple areas of excitement in my life. So, while in school, I kept myself busy working (clearly my books were important). From specialty children stores, contemporary women's boutiques and being the assistant to knit wear designer Maggie Jackson of MaggiKnits, I have been well around the block and I am not afraid of hard work. I've paid my dues.
Finally, the rules are my own.
RUNWAY MEETS MY WAY, WELCOME TO REHEARSAL!