Everyone in love with fashion can honestly probably say that at one point in their life, they dreamed about being a fashion designer. Only a selected few actually get the determination to turn this dream into a reality. It is not going to be an easy road and will probably cause multiple breakdowns that have you questioning why you even tried, but there will be a day when all that hard work pays off. When all those tears and sweat turn into an actual piece of art that you can physically touch and even wear. That’s what makes it all worth it. I got a chance to interview Christina Kim who is currently a student at Parsons. It is her last semester and with her final thesis project complete, she is ready to show the world her work. She was so kind to share her story and knowledge to inspire future designers and give us a sneak peak into a design student’s thoughts. We always hear from established designers, but rarely give credit or attention to the students. It is always exciting to see new designers and to see what they have to offer, so please check out the interview and her final thesis designs below! You will definitely be hearing more about her in the future.
What made you want to attend Parsons?
CK: I heard Parsons was a really good school and it is one of the top design schools in the country, so I wanted to learn from the best and be a great designer.
What keeps you motivated and what are your future dreams?
CK: My family and successful past projects keep me motivated. When I’m feeling unmotivated, I look to my past projects that I really like and try to keep going. One of my dreams is to have my own brand. I want my designs to be out there.
How do you stand out from other designers?
CK: I would like to stand out by being able to do what I want and not being constricted by anything.
What is life like as a fashion design student at Parsons?
CK: Life is extremely busy and everyday is a new challenge that I have to figure out how to accomplish.
Do you think you will have a competitive advantage graduating from Parsons?
CK: Definitely, yes. I learned a lot throughout my years at Parsons. I’ve had several amazing professors whom I’ve learned a lot from and Parsons has built my work ethic.
Describe who you are and your personal style.
CK: I love change, whether it’s my clothes, style, or environment. Experiencing something new is always a must for me because I tend to get bored quickly, but I also love being able to see and try different things. When I first moved to NY, I was super girly, wearing a lot of florals, dresses, skirts, etc. But now, I guess you could say I’m more of a tomboy. I love wearing men’s T’s with ripped jeans and vans or anything a guy would wear. Comfort is also a big part of my style.
What was your inspiration for your final project?
CK: My inspiration came from this beautiful photo of a species of trees called Melaleuca. I came across this photo in the library doing research for another project and decided to use this new inspiration for my thesis. You can find inspiration in anything.
If you have any encouraging words or advice for other future designers, what would that be?
CK: If you want to do something, just go for it. It may not always work out in the end, but you’ll end up gaining so much experience and learning a lot. Don’t be discouraged because someone said something negative about your work. Set goals and work towards them.