Fashion has always been a huge part of my life. I think my sister, Nicole, had a ton to do with the reason why I decided to study Fashion Merchandising and Communication at Marymount. Seeing her study at F.I.T, and then move up into the corporate fashion industry, just made me realize how badly I wanted to be there.
I think fashion majors have a huge stigma surrounding them. Some people don’t think it’s a “real” major. But facts are facts. The fashion industry is a gigantic industry, filled with so many different kinds of people from all over the world: creative geniuses, businessmen and women, communications specialists, merchandisers, stylists, and so many more. I don’t know why some people look down at us. Whenever I hear something negative about the fashion industry, I always think about my favorite quote of all time from The Devil Wears Prada.
“This… stuff’? Oh. Okay. I see. You think this has nothing to do with you. You go to your closet and you select… I don’t know… that lumpy blue sweater, for instance because you’re trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back. But what you don’t know is that that sweater is not just blue, it’s not turquoise. It’s not lapis. It’s actually cerulean. And you’re also blithely unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar de la Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns. And then I think it was Yves Saint Laurent… wasn’t it who showed cerulean military jackets? I think we need a jacket here. And then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of eight different designers. And then it, uh, filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic Casual Corner where you, no doubt, fished it out of some clearance bin. However, that blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs and it’s sort of comical how you think that you’ve made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you’re wearing the sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room from a pile of stuff.”
This quote makes me extremely happy because it’s true. Our industry impacts the rest of the world in so many ways. I love that the “center of the world” is Manhattan, which is not the center of the world at all. It’s just an island on the East Coast. I love that it’s considered the fashion capital of the world because of the way fashion brings everyone together. Those who work in the fashion industry put their hearts and souls into their work, and I’m so grateful that I get to be apart of it.
After I graduate from Marymount, I hope to move back to New York City and begin my career in the fashion industry — maybe I’ll even become the next Miranda Priestly 😉