|Sketch via Briana Irving|
Duo: What drove you to become a fashion student?
BI: My obsession with fashion. I felt I needed to take this chance. So I just went for it.
Duo: Why do you consider your choice a “chance”?
BI: To me this is a chance because the fashion industry is so hard to get into. It’s a challenging and risky business. Yet when you have such a passion for fashion, it doesn’t feel like such a huge risk.
Duo: Did you always have a love for fashion and design?
BI: When I was younger I wasn’t fashionable. I was more of a “tom boy”. I wasn’t into girly things at all. I always wanted to play with my brothers toys. I didn’t show in interest in fashion until tenth grade and I started getting my own style. I began sketching at that time also. Faces and figures and then clothes.
Duo:What is your favorite part of being a fashion student and being apart of the fashion world?
BI: I wouldn’t say that I am part of the fashion world yet (laughing). The best part is being able to express myself through my designs. Also knowing that I can make garments that make women feel beautiful and elegant.
Duo: Do you think that you will only do woman's fashion or do you see yourself branching out into others parts of the industry?
BI: I see myself doing men's wear. And possibly children's wear.
Duo: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
BI: I see myself being successful, on track to having my own line.
Duo: What fashion icon do you most look up to?
BI: Rihanna! I love her style. She expresses herself through her style. She's not afraid to be herself.
Duo: What word describes your fashion sense?
BI: I feel that I can't use one word. I have a little of everything grunge, preppy, glam, and romantic.
Duo: What is the most difficult part of being a fashion student?
BI: I don't find anything difficult about being a fashion student. I love what I do, so the difficulty is an enriching challenge.