1) How long have you been designing clothes and what got you started?
I have been sewing since I can remember. All throughout high school I was constantly altering my clothes or designing something, and that's when I realized that design was what I wanted to study in college. I got recruited to Auburn University to play volleyball, and the first thing I checked was if they had a design program, which thankfully they did. I absolutely loved studying apparel design at Auburn and am so thankful for all of the wonderful teachers I had that really helped me to expand my skills as a designer.
2) A wedding dress is a pretty big project. Have you every had to put together an outfit of that scale before? How was this different from other things you've designed?
This past summer I had an internship with a custom bridal boutique. All summer I fit and sewed wedding dresses for clients. It was such a great experience for me and something that definitely helped me to refine my design and construction skills. I also made a wedding dress for my Advanced Design class last fall.
3) What do you know about the couple getting married?
I honestly don't know much about the couple except from what I've seen on their application video. They seem like a great couple though and the perfect pair to get married on Samford Lawn. I can't wait to meet them.
4) How did it feel when you heard you'd won?
Words can describe how excited I was when I saw that I had won. I couldn't stop smiling all week. I feel so blessed to be a part of the War Eagle Wedding in this way.
5) Are you going to enter future contests as well?
I love to design, so I'm sure I will always be looking for ways that I can do that. Currently I am working on a dress for the ITAA competition. It will be much different than the wedding contest, however, as I plan to design and construct a dress out of wood veneer.
6)How do you think winning the contest will help you achieve your goals as a designer?
The War Eagle Wedding is an opportunity that I could have only dreamed of. I’ve always loved wedding dresses, and actually the reason I got into design was because I wanted to design wedding dresses. I know that I will only benefit from this opportunity and that it can only help me as I continue to achieve my goals as a designer.