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Shriek or Chic: Taylor Ormond Tells of Halloween's Past and Future


Ever since I could remember, my life has been surrounded byhe arts.


My first memory is the epiphany I had at age three of how to distinguish a boy from a girl when drawing a picture: you put a dress on one of them. I guess you could say that was also my first design.


I grew up in the heart of Chicago and attended Whitney M. Young Magnet High School, a school that specialized in math and sciences. However, it was there that I uncovered my passion for fashion. I took four years of Home Economics -- learning to sew, bake, and become a perfect housewife right out of the 1950’s! Coincidentally, five years later, I am now competing to design a costume for the woman who has turned cooking, baking, and crafting into a multibillion dollar business; one could even say it was meant to be.


Ironically, I was raised by a single mother with feministic ideals, so the last place she thought I'd end up is involved in an industry where more often than not women are objectified. That said, my designs are not for the weak and dependent, but instead for women of gumption and strength -- women like mother...and Martha Stewart. From there I try to channel that kind of woman's characteristics and magnify her extraordinary qualities in my designs. 


I grew up in a house that was decorated to the nines for Halloween, so people would drive in just to see it. Of course, Halloween has become a favorite holiday of mine. 


My favorite personal Halloween costume would have to be from third grade when I broke out of the cliché molds of witch, princess, or vampire. I wore a giant box wrapped in Christmas paper with a grand old red box on top my head. 


This Halloween, my friends and I are channeling our inner child and resorting back to the clichés I once shied away from. We each are choosing a classic Disney princess; I'm being the defiant academic Belle from "Beauty and the Beast." You didn't think I'd choose a damsel in distress, did you?