Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Welcome to Fashion School

I feel like we've finally started fashion school. Officially. Before, the classes were all about things like learning to sew on an industrial machine. Learning what terms like 'Trend Forecasting' and 'color story' mean. But now we're getting into things like draping, and illustration, and I couldn't be happier.

It's funny to imagine that just a little while ago I thought that I was living out my dream of being a painter. I did enjoy my time at Drake University - don't get me wrong - but in a lot of ways I was just never fully satisfied. Fully challenged. Fashion speaks not only to my artistic side but also to my crafty one. It speaks to my ambitious side, a part of me that works really hard to come out when I'm working really hard. Fashion design makes me strong willed. Determined.

I am double focused - both in creative design (the one that most people think of when they think of fashion design), and technical design. This means that I get to use all my artsy, crafty stuff, my drawings and dye ideas and musings about poetry or natural collection, written material and visual absorption. But my technical focus allows me to be detail oriented. Serious about structure and construction and perfection.

Yes, my personality and fashion seem to be the perfect marriage, for now.

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