Meet my fellow Texan- Haley. If you watched the live stream or were able to see the show in person she was look number 58 in the show!
- Hometown: DALLAS, TEXAS
- When and why did you decide to come to FIT to study Fashion Design?
I knew that I always wanted to do something creative. I loved the idea of creating something that someone could wear and enjoy every day. My parents, who both went to art school, have been my biggest supporters and have always encouraged me to pursue design. Once I visited New York for the first time at 16, I knew I had to be here.
- Why did you choose to study Intimate Apparel over all the other specializations?
I felt that the curriculum in the Intimate Apparel specialization was incredibly strong- attention to detail is an absolute, and fit is really valued. I knew these were skills that would only strengthen my ability to design for women. I am also especially drawn to the niche industry of intimate apparel. I want to create clothing that make women feel beautiful, bottom line.
- What was your inspiration for your senior collection?
My senior thesis has sort of been a culmination of many things that have inspired me throughout my time as a design student. I collect a lot of mood imagery, and usually piece it together to create a specific vision for how I want my garments to look and feel when they are worn. This specific collection is definitely more romantic and ethereal, with a focus on using soft color and a lot of delicate materials.
- What was the most challenging part of creating a collection this semester for you?
Execution is always the most challenging. You have this idea in your head of how you want the garment to look… you sketch the dream idea. But then to get your hands to make it and for it to fit perfectly is the hardest part.
- What part of the design process do you enjoy most? I love the initial draping process. You have all of your fabrics and elastics in front of you and the sketch in your hand and you just start pinning up and cutting what you want it to be. I think this part of the process has the most freedom because you are just starting to explore your initial idea.
- Any words of wisdom that you’ve learned in your years at FIT/What would you say to someone who wants to go to FIT in the future?
Don’t give up on your point of view. Constantly be on the lookout for anything that inspires you, and keep drawing. At any art school, the late nights can be discouraging, but if you stick together and surround yourself with supportive people you’ll absolutely get through it and it is the most rewarding thing I’ve done yet.
- Where do you do most of your work?
I do most of my work in C714, our design lab, because we can work directly with our dress forms and they have all of the specialized stitching machines. As an underclassman, I could just sew from home, but in intimate apparel you are so dependent on fit you need that dress form all the time! I’m a Spotify person. Playlists keep me going!
Check out more of my design work on my Wix.
Here’s a closeup of her garment that you saw on the runway tonight!