The Life Of A Fashion Major

The Life Of A Fashion Major

The good, the bad, the ugly

For the past six months or so, I have dedicated my life to all areas of fashion, and I have a few experiences which have stuck out throughout these months. While sitting in the warehouse with a Starbucks, feeding my fabric pieces into the needle of the sewing machine, I often reflect on my achievements in this industry.

While returning to campus after dressing models in New York City at New York Fashion Week, I dived right back into my fashion assignments, being reunited with the warehouse I practically live in.

I have noticed as a fashion major, that over time, I truly have learned I couldn’t see myself doing anything else. I have been able to uncover my love for the entire fashion industry, whether through constructing garments, designing garments on fashion sketches, or attending NYFW to see what the backstage aspect of the industry is like.

It is the most rewarding feeling to spend months of your life running on little-to-no sleep, feeling at times like the exhaustion might take you over, yet uncovering some of the best experiences possible in the industry of fashion. On top of that, creating garments you’re incredibly proud of is the most rewarding aspect to me in the end.

Often in a major like this one, others find it difficult to consider the amount of work, stress, fatigue, and energy it requires. The dedication needed for this major is extreme, yet when it is time to present my final projects, I look at my work and am able to see the weeks of sleepless nights paying off in the perfected garments.

I always consider myself lucky to be in one of the most rewarding majors—understanding that this hard work is all part of doing something I am in love with.

Being a fashion major, you’ll learn so much about yourself. You’ll learn how to work yourself to your best potential, how rewarding it is to dedicate so much energy and time to something you’re so proud of, and you’ll truly begin to visualize yourself in your future in the fashion industry.

The best feeling ever is taking a step away from the craziness of fashion, and realizing all you want to do is return back to it. I find myself away on vacations or quick weekend trips, and missing the feeling of achievement from designing clothing that I am so proud of.

All-in-all, being a fashion design major is hectic, for sure, but it’s the best kind of hectic there is.

Cover Image Credit: Chandler Burke

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Tattoos with meaning you can't deny.

It's tough to find perfect tattoos with meaning.

You probably want something permanent on your body to mean something deeply, but how do you choose a tattoo that will still be significant in 5, 10, 15, or 50 years? Over time, tattoos have lost much of their stigma and many people consider them a form of art, but it's still possible to get a tattoo you regret.

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1. A semi-colon indicates a pause in a sentence but does not end. Sometimes it seems like you may have stopped, but you choose to continue on.

2. "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor."

3. Top symbol: unclosed delta symbol which represents open to change. Bottom symbol: strategy.

4. "There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls."

5. Viking symbol meaning "create your own reality."

6.Greek symbol of Inguz: where there's a will, there's a way.

7. Psalm 18:33 "He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights."

8. 'Ohm' tattoo that represents 4 different states of consciousness and a world of illusion: waking (jagrat), dreaming (swapna), deep sleep (sushupti), transcendental state (turiya) and world of illusion (maya)

9. Alchemy: symbolizes copper, means love, balance, feminine beauty and artistic creativity.

10. The Greek word “Meraki" means to do something with soul, passion, love and creativity or to put yourself in to whatever you do.

11. Malin (Skövde, Sweden) – you have to face setbacks to be able to go forward.

12. Symbol meaning "thief" from the Hobbit. It was the rune Gandalf etched into Bilbo's door so the dwarves could find his house.

13. “Lux in tenebris" means “light in darkness."

14. Anchor Tattoo: symbolizing strength & stability, something (or someone) who holds you in place, and provides you the strength to hold on no matter how rough things get.

15."Ad Maiora" is translated literally as “Towards greater things." It is a formula of greeting used to wish more success in life, career or love.

16. A glyphs means “explore." It was meant as a reminder for me to never stop exploring.

17. "Aut inveniam viam aut faciam," meaning roughly, "Either I shall find a way, or I will make one."

18. Lotus Flower. It grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower's first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment.

19. The zen (or ensō) circle to me represents enlightenment, the universe & the strength we all have inside of us.

20. Two meanings. The moon affirms life. It looks as if it is constantly changing. Can reminds us of the inconsistency of life. It is also symbolizes the continuous circular nature of time and even karma.

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Claudia Li's All-Asian NYFW Show Was Meant To Promote Inclusivity, Not Diversity

Those who are uncomfortable with this should try to understand from the point of view of East Asians, especially East Asian models who have felt like they would never have a chance.


New York Fashion week recently ended on September 14. This year was particularly eventful, with

1) Rihanna showing her Savage x Fenty collection and

2) a fight breaking out between Cardi B and Nicki Minaj.

While there were many standout showings at NYFW, one specific show garnered attention not only from the clothing but from the choice of models. Chinese designer Claudia Li made her fashion week debut, with a cast of all East Asian models walking the runway. Li was praised widely for this. The rapper and "Crazy Rich Asians" actress Awkwafina was even seen viewing the show from the front row. However, the show has also been criticized for having exclusively Asian models.

Alongside those applauding Li's show, many claim that Li's casting decision does not promote inclusivity or diversity since all of the models are East Asian. They are correct in saying that the show is not diverse in featuring models of multiple ethnicities, but this was not Li's intent. About her show, she stated, "It's about representation within Asian women. There are so many different types of us, and we haven't been represented in a diverse way... It's time to break free from that singular definition of Asian beauty." Asian women are often placed into a single category of how they should look and act. Li's goal, therefore, was not to have a show that is diverse in multiple ethnicities, but rather to display the diversity that exists within groups of East Asian women and break away from stereotypes.

Furthermore, while the show lacks diversity in race, it is very much a push towards inclusivity. Asian models are usually the minority in runway shows, with many of these models struggling to find a position because of their ethnicity. Claudia Li's show was a place where these models were wanted and accepted. Especially in such a high-profile event as New York Fashion Week, this choice of casting can have a large impact. It sends a message that Asian models can and should be accepted, that they can be part of a successful show. Claudia Li's decision ensured that her show would draw attention and hopefully aid in a push towards progress.

Yes, Claudia Li's show only featured Asian models, but this does not mean it cannot promote inclusivity. It only means that it solely focuses on promoting the inclusion of Asian models. Those who are uncomfortable with this should try to understand from the point of view of East Asians, especially East Asian models who have felt like they would never have a chance. Alongside the success of Rich Brian's Amen, the premieres of "Crazy Rich Asians" and "Searching," the popularity of "To All the Boys I've Loved Before," and Sandra Oh's Emmy nomination, Li is contributing to the recent push towards better representation of East Asian people in American media. Her show has opened the door for Asian models and will hopefully lead to more diversity and inclusivity in the fashion industry.

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