For as long as I can remember I was always crafting something. I started making paper dresses for my dolls. When my father introduced me to the sewing needle the paper dresses became fabric dresses. He taught me how to thread it, and make a perfect knot at the end so that the thread wouldn’t fall through the fabric. Thereafter, I never stopped. My crafting would turn into designing, and I later found that it could make it into a career. When I toured the Consumer, Apparel, and Retail studies department at the University of North Carolina, I knew I had found the right place; at the entrance of the building housing the department, a dress form wearing a dress made of paper stood behind glass.
A month after arriving at UNCG I became a member of a student organization in the department called Threads. One of the primary events for the organization was conducting a fashion show every spring. I was wrapped up in it, designing, planning, helping, and doing whatever was necessary to make sure that the fashion show happened. I will never forget my first fashion show. The excitement, terror, and thrill of it all made me feel like I was in the right place.
In my second year at UNCG I was elected Vice President of Design for the Threads student organization. As a service to the students of the Apparel Product Design concentration, each semester I teach a Sewing Proficiency workshop to assist fellow design students in passing the sewing proficiency exam, a requirement for beginning the studio design classes. I also utilized my crafting skills that I learned early on and provided knitting and crocheting workshops in the fall semester to help develop skills and socialize with fellow members. I was elected again as the Vice President of Design the following year. During my final year at UNCG I was elected as President of Threads. I presented at four fashion shows during my time at UNCG, and with each of them I have come to the realization that this is what I am destined to do for the rest of my life.
After winning the YMA in December of 2009, I was offered an internship in New York City at Nautica, a subsidiary of VF Corporation. I spent the summer of 2010 as the showroom management intern. In December of 2010 I won a second YMA-FSF award, and accepted a technical design internship with John Varvatos, and spent another summer in New York in 2011.
I am currently based in Greensboro, NC and have been working for VF Jeanswear since May of 2013.