Thursday, November 17, 2011

Wait, does this make me a fashion designer?

A couple of weeks ago I got wind of a fashion show being put on by some of the upper classmen in the fashion department at the Art Institute. After talking with a few of the people involved I decided to take my maternity line sketches to the audition. The worst they could do is say no.

The audition was last night and I arrived with my finished garments, my sketches and fabric swatches. I had half and hour before my color theory class started and I figured I'd have plenty of time. WRONG! There was quite the line of people waiting outside the judging room and each interview was taking much longer than I had anticipated. And all of the people who were coming out of the room were grumpy and said the judges were not being nice.

I wasn't nervous before... but now I was! I do not take criticism well. And I don't just get all defensive and mad, though sometimes I do. Mostly I feel hurt. It's a stupid way to take criticism, I know, but I can't help it. I have very fragile self esteem and I want to cry if I ever hear anyone say anything bad about me or my work. Ridiculous, but there it is.

My name was finally called, ten minutes after my class started. But whateves, I've been doing really well in that class and if I'm late my professor will be cool about it... I hope. I went in there, showed them my pieces and they asked me a few questions. They wanted to know what school I had transferred from and I said I was mostly self taught and hadn't transferred from anywhere.. One of the judges said it was very impressive work and another judge started laughing "He hasn't said that about anyone's work all night."

Long story short, they loved my work and I'm going to be showing five looks in the Eyes on the Boulevard fashion show on December 9th! Like with real models! I might even participate in the designer showcase afterwards where buyers can come and look at my work! Squeeeee!

So I'm excited about that and my professor didn't even ding my attendance points because he loves me and because he loves my quilt. Yay for happy endings! And here's one of my sketches for my collection.


10 comments:

  1. That is REALLY cool! Congratulations!

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  2. yay!! good job Elizabeth! you are totally awesome!

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  3. That is awesome Lizzie, Great job. I knew you would knock 'em flat!

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  4. WOW! That's super exciting!!! Congratulations!

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  5. Congratulations, Elisabeth! That's so exciting!

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  6. I'm so proud of you! Not surprised, of course, but very proud.

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  7. I'm looking forward to hearing about how the show proceeds later, and also more of your designs should you deign to share more. Very nice job!

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  8. That's awesome! I'm not surprised - I'm amazed at the stuff you create.

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