The Life Of A Fashion Design Student

April 28, 2018

The Life Of A Fashion Design Student
Just like all of you, I love to shop. I love to read magazines and judge the latest fashion trends. I love to see the gorgeous gowns that celebs wear on red carpet events and I love to combine new pieces with old to make a brand new outfit. I have always been envious of people who were that talented. To actually create an outfit from scratch, because that's something that I could never do. One of my oldest and dearest friends, Rebecca Alicia, is always taking my breath away with her beautiful sketches and fun projects that she does. She is a Fashion Design Major at Marymount University and I thought it would be fun to have her share her wisdom with what she's learned majoring in Fashion Design. In case you're planning on majoring in that or are just curious as to how the life of a fashion design student works, here's the inside scoop.


Name, Age: 
Rebecca Alicia, just turned 21!

What school do you go to and what is your major?
I am currently a full time student at Marymount University studying Fashion Design.

What type of classes do you take?
Fashion Illustration, Draping, Digital Design, and Pattern Making.

What's your favorite class and why?
Draping because I'm able to work directly on the form. Draping gives the opportunity to see the shapes and form from the beginning rather than waiting to draw the pattern, transfer to muslin, then see the flaw.  

Why did you choose to stay in state and not go out of state for a fashion school?
Marymount had a feeling of home at the beginning. Especially because the staff was so kind and helpful. 

What made you want to major in fashion?
I think I just fell into it. Both my grandmothers could sew and so could their mothers. I think it's a passion that ran in the family and now I'm choosing to make a career out of it. 

What are your current favorite fashion trends?
The color of the year by Pantone Ultra Violate is a great choice especially with the fun music that is out right now. Lavender is another great trend color.

What are your least favorite fashion trends?
Personally, I was not a fan of platform sneakers. Power to the people that can pull it off, but it's just a little too much for me. 

When did you first learn to sew/make clothes?
I remember learning to hand sew while in Girl Scouts back in 2nd grade, but then I picked it up daily freshman year of high school. I started making little bags for my friends to purchase and even taught myself how to read the patterns.

What's the hardest thing about your major?
I don't find anything too difficult, everything in the field comes pretty natural, but I guess staying to my style while pleasing the professor’s preferences would be the most challenging aspect.

What are your goals/plans for the future?
I hope one day to work directly under a designer. Also work in a fashion house as the seamstresses, the ladies that hand embroider beading and threads, everything they do is so beautiful. Then maybe after ten or so years, when I have gained a great amount of experience, I'd try to work in a university to teach what I know, I love helping others with what I have learned.

What events/school activities have you done that has to do with your major?
The school has a Fashion Club, we volunteer at local fashion shows, such as Bloomingdales and Nordstrom, as dressers. The school also has a Pattern Makers Club, it's a fun way to work on garments while hanging out with friends.  Lastly, there is a class about putting on a fashion show, it is all student produced and always turns out amazing.

What type of internships have you had and what did you learn from them?
I've been interning with Tom James Company. It is a men's custom suiting company with locations all around the world. I've learned more about marketing myself and reaching out to clients. I've also been able to personally style clients with shirts, ties, and shoes.


What advice can you give to other students who are about to start their degree in fashion?
I think it's best to do what feels right to yourself because at the end of the day you know your own strengths and weaknesses. 

The Life Of A Fashion Design Student
The Life Of A Fashion Design Student
The Life Of A Fashion Design Student
The Life Of A Fashion Design Student
The Life Of A Fashion Design Student
The Life Of A Fashion Design Student
The Life Of A Fashion Design Student

If you have any other questions for Rebecca about majoring in Fashion Design, or would like to see her designs in a real life fashion show then message her on Facebook or Instagram @DofRebeccaAlicia. You can even get a custom Rebecca Alicia piece for yourself!

xoxo, Michele

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