What got you first interested in fashion?
I have always been interested in fashion ever since I was little. I started when I was in about 4th grade, where I used to hand sewing clothes for my dolls. I started sewing about four years ago. I really started getting serious about fashion design in 10th grade, and I have been continuously growing.
Give us an overview of exactly what you do.
When creating clothing, I like to be able to make every part completely my own. I sketch out designs, pattern and drape, sew, and even sometimes create the textile. I like to either perform Shibori dye work or tie dye. I have taught myself the ancient Turkish art of Ebru, which is a water marbling technique that I transfer onto fabric.
I heard you have a fashion blog...can you tell us about that?
I have a blog where I like to post some of my current work, outfits, and inspirations. If you want to check it out the link is: www.thefashionnugget98.blogspot.com
What opportunities and connections have you gained?
I have gained so many amazing opportunities through my passion. Just to name a few: I have had my work featured in exhibitions, been able to attend precollege classes, invited to have my work featured in the Fiber, Fabric, Fashion Invitational Exhibition, and was a finalist for Project Runway Junior. I am so honored to have had the opportunity to be able to be exposed to all of these great things at such a young age. It has only pushed me to work harder.
What do you hope to accomplish in the future?
My plans for my future include attending a prestigious college majoring in fashion design, having my garments showcased in New York Fashion Week, and having my own line of clothing. I hope that in my future I am able to create clothing that women want to wear and feel inspired wearing it. Ultimately, I hope to work hard in my trade and be able to inspire other young people to do what they dream of doing.
What is one piece of advice you would give to someone that is interested in doing what you do?
The only advice I could give is never give up. If the first thing you create looks bad, take it and make it better. It takes a lot of time to perfect a skill, but it’s 100% worth it if you love what you are doing. If you keep working hard, you will surprise yourself at what you are truly able to do.