Lauren Santaniello

Lauren SantanielloMassapequa, New York

I didn’t always know I wanted to be a fashion designer when I was growing up. What I did know, however, was that I had a love for art, creating, and clothing. Dyslexia made it difficult for me in my early school years, but what got me through my days were friends, family, and my art classes. Art saved me. Art allowed me to express myself, be confident in my work, and not have to worry about struggling academically. It wasn’t until high school that I found my love for fashion design. The reason I design and want to be a fashion designer is my love for the process of watching my designs come to life, starting with an abstract idea, making a sketch, and lastly creating something concrete. I love the idea that my designs, my “art,”are meant to be worn. My aesthetic is edgy but feminine. My purpose as a designer is to create wearable, fashionable garments that allow women to feel confident. I believe the world revolves around the fashion industry in some ways, because clothing is a necessity so why not wear what makes you feel confident and beautiful?

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