What advice would you give to someone interested in fashion design?
My advice to someone interested in fashion design would be to find your aesthetic and stay true to yourself. Fashion is a form of art and self-expression, so don't feel pressured to conform. I would also advise not taking criticism personally. Keep the feedback that helps you grow and discard the feedback that tears you down. Lastly, take risks, as one of my favorite quotes says, 'You automatically lose the chances you don't take' (unknown author).
What's your favorite fashion film?
I have a few fashion films that I enjoy. They include 'The Devil Wears Prada' and the recent Netflix films 'The Perfect Find' and 'Survival of the Thickest.' I especially love 'Survival of the Thickest' as it explores being confident as a full-figure icon in the fashion industry.
How did you become interested in fashion design?
My niche in the fashion industry is jewelry design. For as long as I can remember, I have had a passion for the creative arts. However, because the arts industry is often perceived as not very lucrative, I set my passions aside and pursued a career as a Software and Systems Engineer. Over the years, I continued to nurture my love for creativity through painting, photography, and DIY projects on the side. It wasn't until the end of 2020, when I experienced a mental health crisis, that I turned to the creative arts in the form of jewelry design as a coping mechanism. Jewelry design allowed me to not only explore a new form of visual art but also rekindle my passion for painting and photography. It was something I could easily grasp without much effort.
How do you handle criticism of your designs?
I handle criticism of my designs by not taking the feedback I receive personally. I listen and digest the information that is useful and helpful for my growth as a designer, while disregarding information that is not constructive. I also remind myself that my style may not appeal to everyone, and that's perfectly okay. Some people will love my designs, while others may dislike them or fall somewhere in between. Criticism often proves to be subjective and influenced by individuals' personal experiences, sometimes having little to do with you or your talents.
How do you choose colors for your design?
My design color choices are influenced by several factors, including seasonal color trends, inspiration from nature, artwork, and my current mood. One thing I can confidently say is that I don't shy away from using bold and vibrant colors. I believe that the strategic use of color can transform a simple or plain outfit into a statement piece.