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- Southern CA
Founder/Co-Owner/ Head Designer,
Stephanie Estrada Collection - San Diego, CA January 2015-Present
-Manage and maintain all aspects of the business
-Research & analyze fashion, color, fabrications & market trends
-Source fabric & trims
-Create mood boards
-Conceptualize, design and illustrate 7 piece contemporary womenswear collection
-Develop tech packs & samples
- Communicate with vendors & manufacturers on a daily basis
- Develop marketing strategies
-Organize model castings
-Coordinate photo shoots
-Photo editing photoshoot images
-Organizing all aspects of social media & e-mail marketing
Self-Employed/ Freelance Designer,
Stephanie Estrada Design - San Diego, CA June 2011-Present
-Illustrating designs for custom apparel utilizing hand sketching & Adobe Illustrator.
-Creating custom made, special occasion apparel for private clients.
-Developing flats & line sheets; sourcing fabrics & trims.
-Designed & produced avant-gard pieces for a local charity fashion show.
Freelance Costume Designer
Disguise Inc. Poway, CA Sept 2014-Nov 2014
-Creating tech packs, flats & technical specs for a variety of styles
-Creating styles in line with proprietary & licensed style guidelines
-Working closely with samples department, pre-production, and graphic design department to ensure a high quality product
-Communicating with venders & factories on pre-production & production samples
-Sourcing fabrics & trims for various styles
-Presenting various concepts & prototypes for upper management approval
Disguise Inc. Aug 2010 to May 2011
-Lead designer on proprietary adult costume line. Utilized trend forecast & analyzed trends to translate contemporary design trends into innovative costumes.
-Created mood boards, sketches and product prototypes throughout the conceptual design process.
-Partnered with senior management to refine concepts, materials, graphics, & color palette for several costume lines.
-Responsible for timeline adherence; ensuring that all elements of the prototype samples were ready for pre-production, product presentation & finalization. Ensuring staff completes projects on timeline.
-Partner cross-functionally with Merchandising, Costing, Sourcing, & Product Development on a regular basis. Participate in meetings with cross-functional category partners.
-Created technical packs for Samples and attended daily fittings to ensure quality in fit and to 9505/Safety compliancy.
Kai Yee Halloween Costume Manufacturer Oct 2009 to March 2010
-Designed Halloween Costumes for Men, Women & Children for the 2011 Halloween season.
-Created technical packs for costume production.
-Corresponded with sample makers to create first samples through final samples.
-Sourced fabrics and trims.
-Researched costume inspiration from many cultures, historical to current.
Escante Oct 2008 to Feb 2010
-Designed contemporary Halloween costumes for women, for the 2010 Halloween season.
-Researched many themes such as historical costume, high fashion as well as all aspects of pop culture for costume inspiration.
-Illustrated technical flats for each costume utilizing Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop.
-Assisted in final costume fittings.
-Corresponded with sample makers/production companies in China & Taiwan.
-Sourced fabrics and trims.
-Attended monthly production & sales meetings in San Antonio to finalize lingerie & costume collections.
Associate of the Arts, Fashion Design 2005-2007
The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Los Angeles, CA
Skills & Abilities
-Created multiple collections for different markets, utilizing creative design.
-Illustrated fashion figures in full color with markers as well as with Adobe Photoshop, to interpret concepts into actual garments
-Developed theme pages and merchandise pages
-Utilized color and texture, consulted trend forecasting resources for inspiration, and forecasted trends for future seasons
-Prepared and organized technical packs with flat drawings produced through Adobe Illustrator
-Created and graded patterns by hand and with the Gerber program
-Utilized costing and specification sheets for finalized patterns
-Utilized draping and pattern drafting skills to design and produce a cohesive collection
-Developed samples and solved fitting problems
-Intermediate fabric knowledge; sourced fabric and trims
Trend Research & Analysis
-Researched many themes such as historical costume, high fashion as well as all aspects of pop culture for costume inspiration
-Completed field research at social events for fashion inspiration and to analyze needs of perspective clients
Proficient in Microsoft Office.
Fluent in English and Spanish.
Collection Development, Creative Design Analysis & Development, Creative Design Analysis, Intermediate Patternmaking, CAD I (Adobe Illustrator), CAD II (Adobe Photoshop)