I always knew what I wanted. At the age of 5, I knew I wanted to wear dresses with pantyhose and “shoes that made noise” (a.k.a. any shoe with a slight heel).
My conviction became stronger as the years went by. In high school, I had the same mentality. I loved dressing up but could never find anything I loved in stores. The only choice I had was to make my own dresses.
Then came prom. Shopping for dresses was a nightmare, to say the least. I made both of my prom dresses, and they were a huge hit. Little did I know this would be the start of my career.
I love making women feel beautiful. I feel like I have a great understanding of a woman’s body, and I know how to accentuate the good and mask the imperfections.
Another thing I love about fashion is that it makes people happy. There are so many serious things that go on in this world, and fashion is a way to have fun. Even if it means putting on a pretty dress with “shoes that make noise.” If it makes you smile and feel good, then I know I have done my job. The joy motivates me.
But of course, like any creative person, I sometimes experience a creative block. Just ask any designer, author, songwriter, photographer -- you come to a point where nothing new is brewing in your mind. It feels almost like a mini-breakdown. To deal with these emotions, I take a step back, reevaluate, and try to envision what I want the end result to be. I seek out inspiration by either surfing the web for pictures or quotes or listening to music. Sometimes I need to just call it a night and wake up with a fresh mind. I know it will always come together in the end.
My favorite Halloween costume was last year's: I was a peacock. It was the first costume I'd ever made, and I had a lot of fun with it. I used these beautiful feathers for the bodice, both regular black feathers and peacock feathers. I made a huge tutu with a long tail made of tulle. It was simple, but I saw results quickly, which I loved.
Basically, I don't look at clothing as pieces of fabric; I see a piece of clothing or a costume as a masterpiece. I love seeing the transformation come to life.
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