When I Knew I Would Work in Fashion

Good morning beautiful people!

It’s Thursday so, it’s time for a throwback! I’m going to take you back to 2005 and tell you a little story. It’s about the time I knew I would work in the Fashion Industry. So jump into your DeLorean and let’s go back in time..

So, it’s 2005 and I’m in my last semester of my senior year of high school. I know super exciting, right! I was definitely not one to follow the crowd. I wanted to be different and sometimes went too far just to be different. (Seriously, high school is such a weird growth time.) By the time I was 18 and in my last year of high school, I really started to feel comfortable in my own skin and realizing my own style and my own personality. Which was really hard for me as I went to all girls Catholic school in St. Louis, Missouri where it felt everyone was super wealthy and super preppy, two things I was not. Don’t get me wrong, I loved high school. I was a rower for St. Louis Rowing Club and I had my solid group of friends. But I did feel a bit out of my element.

Anyway, Prom was coming up. I wanted to look fantastic. So, I started the dress hunt. I remember searching through stores and websites to find the perfect one (pretending I actually had the money to buy an expensive dress). One day, I’m driving home from school and listening to Gwen Stefani’s new album, Love Angel Music Baby, and “Harajuku Girls” comes on. Ms. Stefani references a designer I’d never looked into before, Yohji Yamamoto. “Hmm,” I say to myself. And I make a mental note to check out the designer that night.

So, I log onto the internet and go to Yohji Yamamoto’s website. And there it is. The dress I needed in my life. I don’t even remember what the price tag was on the dress, but I knew I couldn’t afford it. So, I looked up dressmakers in St. Louis to see if they could make it. They all said it was too complicated or it still cost more than I could afford. So much for my Yohji Yamamoto dress.

I actually ended up buying a BCBG dress for $30 on ebay. Totally in my budget!

But, this designer, this Yohji Yamamoto, had me hooked. I started reading more fashion articles and learning everything I could about designers. When I went away to college for my first degree, I thought I wanted to be a buyer for a big company like Bergdorf’s or Barney’s. That’s how I chose my major, International Business. Well, as time has shown, design is more my thing and I’m back at school learning design. I’ve already worked with Marc Jacobs, Vera Wang, and Coach on their collections this past year. Maybe one day, I’ll work with Mr. Yohji Yamamoto and thank him for introducing me into the fabulous world.


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