Journey to the Runway: My Kansas City Fashion Week Experience, Part 1
I’ve wanted to be a part of Kansas City Fashion Week since I was in high school Maybe even before that. The first time I went, everything blew my mind — the models, the lights, the audience, the atmosphere.
I was accepted as a model for the Fall/Winter 2019 show. What an honor. I modeled for my Kansas State University classmate Schyler Slaven and Amanda Casarez. Experiencing the fashion community among all the talent was unreal.
Schyler gave me the inspiration to apply as a designer. Seeing her succeed as a model and a designer game me the confidence to start putting together thoughts about a collection for the next show.
When applications came around the next time, I applied and was ecstatic to be chosen for an interview. On the train from St. Louis to Kansas City, I went over my research and touched up some sketches. For the interview, I brought past constructed garments, a mood board and a bunch of sketches. I felt like my presentation went well, and I walked out happy with how I had done.
About a week later, I received the email that told me I hadn’t made it. The panel told me I didn’t bring enough constructed garments that showed my level of craftsmanship.
Over the next six months, I made more outfits to showcase my skill level and tried out again. This time I showed good craftsmanship but was denied for not having a cohesive vision. The artist in me had too many ideas!
I gathered up my stuff, took the panel’s notes from my first two interviews, and tried out a third time. Two weeks rolled by with no word; I thought they may have forgotten about me.
Then rolled in the acceptance e-mail.
Third time’s the charm. Keep working toward your goals & don’t give up. Give everything your best shot & continue learning. Take criticism constructively and grow from it.
To be continued…
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