Summary

I've loved fashion my entire life. My strengths are in design and fashion show production. Those two things make me happy. I'm a hard-worker, I'm dedicated, determined, and creative. I stay loyal to what I love, and there is no Plan B for me. I want to be in this industry. My first collection, "Grass Roots" is my greatest accomplishment. I got to reflect my personal style by featuring it on the runway. My next collection is in progress...

I enjoy photography also. I think there is always something to be seen and saved.

I love old things. Modern things are so cold. I need things that have lived.

Work History

Work History
May 2003 - Oct 2009

Administrative Assistant

Super Bakery

Assisted sales manager in various office work including filing, faxing, organizing documents, computer-related projects, spreadsheets, etc. Answered and directed phone calls. Completed errands. Accompanied in domestic travels throughout Mid West and Western region for tradeshows and meetings.

Jun 2009 - Jul 2009

Fashion Events Intern

Enspired Events

Assisted in fashion show preparation and production, promoted fashion shows and events in Denver, coordinated fashion show garments and runway models, communicated with participating sponsors and vendors, organized guest arrangements, and maintained backstage area.

Oct 2008 - Mar 2009

Wardrobe Stylist

Club Monaco

Greeted customers, informed customers of upcoming events and special promotions, assisted in visual merchandising throughout store, created wardrobe selections for customers, fitted garments for customers, assisted customers at cashier counter, prepared store for fashion events and promotions.

Aug 2008 - Mar 2009

Fashion Show/Agency Assistant

ADR Agency

Assisted agency owners in model coordination and castings, photographed, fitted, and maintained organization of models, assisted backstage in fashion show production, created and assisted in line-up formation, organized garment racks, dressed models, stacked models, directed dressers, and helped to ensure fashion show success.

Jun 2008 - Aug 2008

Production & Design Intern

Be & D

Assisted in the design and production of the current and upcoming collection of designer shoes and hangbags, prepared photo shoots for Lookbooks, created advertisements, went on sourcing assignments within fashion district for custom hardware, premium leathers, and exotic skins, prepared shipment orders, organized inventory, created spreadsheets, and other computer-related projects.

Education

Education
Aug 2005 - May 2009

Bachelors of Science

University of Hawaii at Manoa

Design-emphasis major at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Attained advanced skills in sewing construction, draping, pattern-making, pattern grading, embellishments, sketching, fashion forecasting, merchandising, marketing, retailing, and fashion show production. Model Committee Chairperson of APDM 2007 Senior fashion show, Backstage Manager, Model Coordinator, and Junior Designer of APDM 2008 Senior fashion show, and Backstage Assistant and Senior Designer of APDM 2009 Senior Fashion Show. Featured "Grass Roots" collection for APDM 2009 Senior fashion show.

Skills

Skills

Model Coordination

I've worked with many models as a fashion design major. I've fitted them, photographed them, assigned them to designers, worked them into the line-up, auditioned/casted them, dressed them, and taught some of them how to walk. I've spent much time with them during fashion shows and photo shoots. They're like an easel in a way... Something that you can display art on and position to be viewed as beautiful. They're quite cooperative I've learned. Unfortunately, that has been mistaken for "dumb"... Coming from experience, they're really not. They're simply cooperative.

Fashion Show Production

I have found that this particular field is my niche and pure joy. I get such a rush on the chaos of fashion shows. Yes, it has caused me unbearable stress, sleep deprivation, and nausea, but I still love it. During my time in school, I worked many fashion shows. I was the Backstage Manager and Model Caster/Coordinator two years in a row for the APDM yearly Spring fashion show. I absolutely love everything about this area. I love directing backstage, talking on a headset, directing the models and dressers, organizing the garments, stacking the models, and just being mixed in the mess backstage while everything appears perfect and rehearsed in the front. 

Photography

I have never taken a photography class. I can't give you the definition of "white balance" or "aperature" or whatever. I have a Nikon D100 and I don't know what 75% of the settings mean. But I have a natural eye for beauty. I photograph because I want people to see how I see things through my lens. It's a new hobby but I've learned to love it. I bring my camera everywhere. There is always something to be seen and saved.

Garment Construction

I learned to sew when I was in high school. I continued my skills at the University of Hawaii's Apparel Product Design & Merchandising program by gradually completing advanced construction courses. I've sewn many garments... It's time consuming and it takes A LOT of patience, but I wanted to be good at it. You have to be if you are an aspiring designer.