How I Figured I Wanted to Be a Designer
photos by Dawn Kingston
I kind of grew into a designer, thats the best way I can describe it. Growing up I always had an affinity for fashion; I had a huge collection of barbies that I loved dressing and having fashion shows with. I also cut, sewed and up-cycled my clothes to make it fit me better and look more unique. Although I have always loved fashion I didn't realize I wanted to pursue it as a career until my sophomore year of college when I took an intro to sketching and a history of costume class. I saw that I had a lot of ideas and I was really inspired by historical costume and so I was hooked but I still wasn't sure what path I wanted to take in the fashion industry. I knew I wanted to be in fashion but I wasn't sure if I wanted to be a designer because it is the riskiest career path within the fashion industry.
Before figuring out I wanted to pursue a career in fashion I tried to pursue a lot of different careers, I actually switched my major five times and fashion design and retailing was the fifth major I declared. I went into Framingham State University as a business major then switched to sociology then to biology then to liberal arts and finally to fashion design and retailing. At FSU you have to choose whether you want to concentrate on design or retailing when you're a fashion major, after taking a couple of design and retailing classes I declared my concentration as design. I realized I love creating things with my hands and I am more of a hands on person than a books and numbers person but I am grateful that I took those retailing classes because I learned skills to help me run my fashion business today. In a way i figured out what I wanted to do by first figuring out what I didn't want to do. I used to think I wanted to be a doctor, a model, a psychologist, a fashion blogger, and at some point or another while trying to pursue those things I realized I actually didn't want to be that and so I changed my mind. I'm sure I am meant to be a designer because I still haven't changed my mind about it and if you guys noticed anything from this post is that I change my mind a lot. There are many things in my life that I am not certain about but I am certain about two things that I want to be a designer and married to Bruno forever.
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