Jaya Jones - Grade 8, Stivers School for the Arts
Fashion Design: The New American Dream in 5 steps
Step 1: Operation Academic Excellence
If you think grades don’t matter, you’ll never be more wrong in your life.
It’s very important, I can't stress that enough. Step one begins with setting academic goals for each quarter, or if you're like me, set goals for each year. This process includes binder organization, labels, and a planner to keep track of homework and important projects. These are key things you’ll need for building your organization skills. These also will help make the school year a breeze for you. You’ll be a straight “A” student in no time.
Step 2: Entrance Project
Step two, follow step one until you graduate high school. From here, the steps consist of how to become a fashion designer. Next is to prepare for your entrance project. Many hear this and will freak out, like what’s this, well I’ll tell you. An “Entrance Project” is how you’ll get into FIDM University, a college that has an excellent program in fashion design and has been offered as a reward on the hit show, “Project Runway”. Your entrance project starts with a well written essay about you and why you deserve to attend FIDM University. Next is your inspiration page, a collage of pictures dedicated to your sense of style, pictures of various outfits, and cutouts from magazines. Finally, draw six fashion sketches, with fabric swatches, and titles to each piece you create. Then, send it all in a well decorated portfolio, along with your applications, and later you’ll have an interview with the directors at FIDM.
Step 3: Goddess Of Victory Empire
Step three is about how you’ll build your empire from the ground up. If you’re serious about becoming a fashion designer like me, then you should know two things:
1. Lead by example, this means to take risks, be bold, and don’t be afraid to dream.
2. BE ORIGINAL! This means to create what no one’s ever seen before, make sure you’re the number one topic...
Remember these things and your empire will live forever.
Step 4: No One Left Behind
“No one left behind”, means exactly that. Everyone that’s supported you needs to see that you appreciate them for all they’ve done, including money they’ve spent, time they’ve spent, etc. So when you make it big, never forget to thank your friends, family, and biggest influences. For me, it’s Tim Gunn.
Step 5: Stamped Impressions and Strong Influences
Finally, step five. This step is about how you’ll present yourself in the fashion world and what inspires you to create. For me, it’s the world around me. There’s much to see in little time, why not create what you see and how you see it? People perceive things in different ways, especially in fashion. Find what works for you and own it, love it, create it with all your power, then show it to the world.