When I was younger, I aspired to be a lot of different things when I grew up: An interior designer, a basketball coach, a teacher, a bird and Oprah just to name a few.
As time went by, and becoming Oprah seemed more distant than I could personally appreciate, my goals began to become a bit more realistic. My love for fashion and a bit of outside pressure pushed me in the direction of becoming a fashion designer, or stylist.
So, throughout middle school, I took all the Life Skills and Home Ec-type courses available. And when high school rolled around, I enrolled in “Fashion and Fabrics I.” I could not wait to become the next Coco Lee Wang (a brilliant mix of Coco Chanel, Kimora Lee Simmons and Vera Wang). Then IADT, International Academy of Design and Technology, came to visit us … and killed all my dreams. After that visit, I was totally deterred from my fashion dreams.
And then I met Andre.
Andre told me to take a chance and just take ATM 118: An introductory sewing course in the Apparel Textile Merchandising Program. While this has been one of the hardest, most stressful, nerve-wrecking and irritating courses I have ever taken, the things that I learned will stay with me forever.
Whoever even knew that there were 7 different feet to use on one machine? But I digress.
This class has brought me back to my love of fashion and pushed me just a bit closer to accomplishing my goal of being a fashion show designer/stylist. And for that I say, Thanks Andre!