Tell us a little about you?
I’m Alice and I recently graduated from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California. I received my BFA in Fashion Design and specialize in Clo3D and digital print design. I use Clo3d as a creative platform to virtually sew and relate unlimited graphic placements, color-ways and digital print layouts at zero cost. By combining my skills in drawing, pattern making, and draping with the technical tools and functions in Clo3D I am promoting a low cost, sustainable future in fashion.
What are you passionate about?
I am excited by the creative potential that comes from going back and forth between digital design platforms and traditional methods of design. The development stages when creating a collection are the most exciting part for me. Bringing a drawing to life, choosing the fabric, adding prints, sewing the garment and then having those final fittings. As a new designer to see a person wear and walk in one of my designs is such an incredible feeling.
How did you get into design?
I was raised by a family of artists — my mother a painter, my dad a photographer and director, and my older sister a musician and illustrator. From an early age, I was inspired by their various art forms and their dedication to their crafts. While I learned design fundamentals at a young age — sewing, drawing, and painting — I was consumed by playing soccer. In a twist of faith, a soccer scholarship brought me to the Academy of Art University which, as luck would have it, is the only art school in the country with division two athletics. When I started school, I saw myself as an athlete first and a fashion student second. However, when I switched majors from Fashion Styling to Fashion Design this completely changed. My passion for soccer brought me to a newfound passion for fashion design.
How did you find designing with sustainability, gender neutrality and size inclusion in mind?
Entering this competition taught me that I should constantly question the norms of the industry, especially as an emerging designer. My designs have adapted and been redesigned based on the new size and gender inclusive models. I have chosen specific silhouettes that flatter specific body types instead of resizing something I designed specifically for just one body type. This opportunity inspired me to continue to look for more ways to push for accessibility and sustainability in my own work and in the work around me. I feel lucky to be a part of a competition that is spearheading such change amongst young designers, and plan to carry these lessons with me moving forward.