Interviewed by: Cindy Jean
Every year Stevenson University hosts a fashion show, showcasing the work of the senior designers. One of the designers that will have her work displayed is senior, Allison Jones.
Why did you become a designer?
Answer: I decided to become a designer, because of my love for fashion and because I grow up in a household that had a designer (my grandmother).
What are your muses/ influences/ inspiration?
Answer: I gain my inspirations and influences from nature, architecture, and art.
What made you take fashion more seriously and make a career out of it?
Answer: I served honorably the military for 11 and half years and even though I loved being of part of the arm forces, I needed a change and to follow my dreams of doing something that I really loved.
What is your brand? & how has your brand evolved?
Answer: This is a work in progress; it is under construction until after graduation.
What skills according to you are necessary for a successful fashion designer?
Answer: A designer needs to be organized; a good eye for details; understand texture, color, and fabric; strong visualization; business oriented; and just love what you do as designer.
What challenges have you faced as a designer?
Answer: Doubting myself and my creativity, when others cannot see my vision.
Describe your creative process?
Answer: My creative process consist of inspiration, research, sketch, find the fabric, mock up, make changes to pattern if necessary, and final sew garment.
How do you stay up to date with fashion?
Answer: Various fashion websites i.e. WGSN, fashion shows, magazines, and street fashion.
Tell me about your senior collection (theme/concepts) (inspiration etc..)
Answer: My senior collection is base from the theme Femme Fatale and I decide to go with woman in suiting fabrics. Architectural lines will play a big part in the designs style lines, which will capture the physique of the individual wearing the garment. I see my collection as power for woman and standing tall and achieving the impossible.
What words or inspiration do you live by and how does that contribute to your work ethics?
Answer: Never give up and it is never too late to follow your dreams. This has contributed to my work ethics as to always keep trying even when it looks like it has failed. In history many inventors failed many times and if they had stopped we could never have the creations now.
What would you like to achieve before the end of the year/after graduation?
Answer: I would love to land the awesome job by the end of the year and after graduation continues to gain more knowledge to later start my own couture line.