So there was a time before my current life of Kids, superhero capes, and blogging. When I designed clothes.. I am a award winning fashion designer. This past week I was asked to bring out my Senior collection from College to share in a plaid exhibit at Philadelphia University. So out it came. It was great seeing it all set up again brought back a fun time in my life.
My collection is a ski wear group. I designed all the sweaters and made everything including the hats. The clothes are all made out real ski wear fabric at the time it was a major investment financially in my future. I loved this collection it was a true labor of love and many sleepless nights. When I was awarded best senior collection then asked to show my collection around Philadelphia including John Wanamaker (when it was open) it was amazing. I ended up after college Going into Athletic wear and Team sports. I worked as a Design Assistant, Designer, Development Director and more 15 years in the apparel industry.
My advise for a Aspiring Fashion Designer:
One of the younger graduates asked me a few questions, one that stuck with me was “When did you start making decision in your career?”
” I always worked for company’s where I could affect change, medium to small companies (under $50 mil in sales) .. I always felt working for smaller companies allowed for greater opportunity”
If your child wanted to go into fashion design or costume design.. My advice is start them sewing and drawing early. So they are not behind the curve when entering college. Also there are jobs in the apparel industry (which was my parents biggest concern) .. not every designer is Channel .. but every one has to wear clothes.