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What should everyone know about you?
AL: I am currently completing my studies at Massachusetts College of Art and Design located in Boston, MA. I am expected to graduate in May 2018 with a BFA in Fashion Design.

How would you describe what you do?
AL: Being creative!

Why did you choose to be a designer?
AL: Fashion has always been a part of my life. My parents are very supportive. They say I’ve been choosing my own outfits since I was a toddler. Mixing and matching pieces that had been purchased as ensembles. I never liked to match.

What steps did you take to become a designer?
AL: During High School I had the opportunity to take sewing lessons. After two years of lessons I took a Fashion Design introductory course at the College of Fashion Design on Newbury Street located in Boston, MA. After graduating High School I went to Gordon College. A small liberal arts college on the Northshore. After one year, I decided to transfer to MassArt to continue my studies in Fashion Design.

Best/Most Challenging part of your job?
AL: Keeping up with current trends and allowing your unique perspective shine through.

If you weren’t a designer what would you be?
AL: A fashion Photographer or a Stylist.

What do you like about what you do?
ALBeing able to create art that people can enjoy on a day to day basis.

What’s a common misconception people have about what you do?
AL: That it doesn’t require much skill.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
AL: Learning on the job/creating/designing/seeing the world/starting my own company.

What sparked your interest in design?
AL: To show off a unique perspective to the world.

How has your work evolved since you began your career?
AL: Nearing graduation, I have witnessed my growth as an artist and designer. I found my aesthetic and confidence as a designer while studying at MassArt. I’m exited to embark on new adventures upon graduation.

Are there any types of clothing/footwear/accessories that you avoid wearing?
AL: “Branded” items/monogramed with Logos. I’d much rather have a unique unbranded piece from a thrift store!

What are you fascinated by at the moment and how does it feed into your work?
AL: Handmade fabrics from thrift store finds such as flannel shirts or denim.

What is the biggest lesson that you have learned since you started your career?
AL: To be open to constructive criticism which later you can decide to use or not.

What advice would you give to young designers?
AL: Believing in yourself, having confidence in your designs, and most of all being motivated and passionate about what you are doing, to me, that is success. 

What would you like to achieve before the end of the year?
AL: Finishing my studies, and landing a full time job in my field.

Are you superstitious or do you have any rules you live by?
AL: Don’t be afraid to edit your designs/collections.

What’s your motto?
AL: Never let anyone doubt yourself. You ARE capable of anything.

Design student at Massachusetts College of Art and Design located in Boston, MA; expected graduation May 2018 with a BFA in Fashion Design. Knowledge and experience with Gerber, draping, pattern-making, and garment construction with 8 years of sewing experience. Special projects include Bridal, Evening, Costume, Swim, and Ready-to-Wear. Two internships: Design Intern at Anna Nieman Couture located in Wellesley, MA, and Production Intern at ISOUDE located in Fall River, MA assisted in the development of professional connections and on the job experience. As well as the further knowledge and appreciation of color, silhouette, concept, and fabric type/manipulation. She designs for Free Spirited women with an appreciation for ethically and environmentally made clothing and accessories. And, one day aspires to open her own business selling sustainable clothing to the masses. Keep on creating and never let anyone say you aren’t enough.