By Abby Huckelbury

Q: Tell me about the city where you grew up.

A: I grew up in Dallas, Texas which is something I have always been grateful for. I am a big city girl and I feel like Dallas is just the right mix of city and suburb.

Q: How has growing up in a city help shape your character?

A: I think growing up in a big city has allowed me to be exposed to so many different things. Growing up my parents would always take me to museums and I think that is something that helped me grow into the person I am today and helped me find my sense of individuality and love for fashion.  

Q: Is fashion something that plays a big role in your life?

A: A huge role. Fashion consumes my life every day in the best way possible. I am constantly online reading about the latest fashion show or the newest trend. I live for it. 

Q: What do you find most powerful about fashion? What makes it worth ‘living for’?

A: Growing up, my parents let me choose whatever I wanted to wear, even if it was a princess dress to school, and that has always stuck with me. Fashion allows me to be an individual and be creative. I think sometimes people struggle with showing who they are and I think that is why fashion is so powerful, it gives you the tools to express who you are. 

Q: How do you use fashion to express yourself?

A: It’s funny because whenever I tell people I love fashion I always imagine them being like ‘ya right’ because I wear a sweatshirt almost every day. When I’m not in class though I spend time thinking about outfits I want to wear or organizing my closet. Personally, I try to find clothes that not everyone has and are a little bit unique, which I think expresses my style and creativity. 

Q: Do you think even a t-shirt can be a piece that people use to express themselves?

A: I definitely think so, even if it’s a white t-shirt there are so many ways you can wear it that express who you are to the world. 

Q: What’s that one piece in your closet that best expresses you?

A: This is so hard to answer but I think I would have to say my white Comme des Garçons converse because they can be worn every day but also can be dressed up really easily. 

Q: What do you want your future to look like with fashion? 

A: I really hope to graduate and move to New York City where I can one day hopefully write for a fashion magazine like Vogue. That would be a dream come true. 

Q: Have you ever been to NY?

A: I have, but only once! I loved it though. 

Q: Why only once?

A: I had never had the chance to go before last year and I was lucky enough to go for an entire week. 

Q: What did you do while you were there?

A: I actually got the chance to intern at a showroom during fashion and market week which was probably the coolest thing I’ll ever do. 

Q: What made your internship so memorable?

A: It was my first time really getting to experience the fashion world. I was sort of just thrown in the mix but I learned so much that way. 

Q: What’s the most important thing you took away from that experience and how do you want to implement that into your future?  

A: The most important thing I took away was learning how to interact with the buyers that come in. Each buyer is different, they want to see certain clothes that other buyers might not care to see and it’s important to know who your client is. In the future, I think I will take my experience and remember to research my client and be prepared for when they come into the studio, or wherever I am. 

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