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fashion

Once upon a time I majored in Fashion Design at the Art Institute of Seattle.

It seems like so long ago, but those were some of the best and most challenging years of my life. Throughout the duration of my schooling, I was able to design and create many things.

Some garments I was proud of, and some I absolutely hated.

Unfortunately, not everything was photographed, but I'd love to share with you some of the pieces that did get captured, as well as some of the shows that I was a part of.

Being a designer at the time, I was able to really get a glimpse of what the fashion industry was really like, and let me tell you, it was far from glamourous.

There were a lot of all nighters, as well as blood, sweat, and tears that were shed in order to create a garment from scratch.

All of that aside, there are no words to describe the happiness and whirl of emotions that flooded over me whenever I would see my collection come to life on the runway.

It made everything so worth it, even if it was just for those few minutes.

My first fashion show that I "debuted" my collection in was called Runway To Freedom. It was a charity fashion show in order to help raise money and awareness to victims of domestic violence.

Fun fact, it was hosted by Macklemore, and Ryan Lewis was the DJ. This is before Macklemore's "Thrift Shop" song went viral, so at the time, I didn't even really know who they were lol. Pretty cool though looking back now.

Another show I did was one that was hosted by my school. This show was entirely created and produced by the design and marketing students.

It was called Fashion Roulette and it took place back in 2011.

This was probably my favorite show I ever showcased in simply because I got to do it with all of my amazing friends. It was so fun, and so chaotic, but if given the chance, I would do it all over again.

The International Doggy Style Fashion was another one of my favorites. It was hosted by a company called High Maintenance Bitch, who manufacturers dog clothing and accessories. The challenge of this show was to create a garment that incorporated puppies into it somehow. All of the proceeds went to benefit a foundation called Connecting Borders, which helped raise money for the Azul Wasi Orphanage in Oropesa, Peru. 

I decided to design this beautiful dress, which enclosed hidden draped pockets which the puppies were placed into.

Can you spot them? :)

I remember working extra hard on this dress, making sure that every stitch was perfect, and that the inside of it was just as beautiful as the outside.

It was definitely one of the pieces that I was really proud of.

This particular show was supposedly also aired on Bravo TV, although I never did end up seeing it.

This showcase was called ARTcade, which was hosted by RAW Artists.

It was super chill and incorporated fashion, music and art.

The 2011 Microsoft Asian Annual Spring Festival was another place I showcased a few of my pieces. There was also some menswear in this show, but I don't seem to have photos of those pieces.

The purpose of this show was to celebrate the Asian New Year, as well as the contributions that Asians have made to the Microsoft Company.

This was some sort of event that was held at the Chateau St. Michelle, which is Washington's oldest winery. I can't remember why we were there, but we got to eat a really fancy dinner afterwards, so I couldn't complain. lol

If you've made it this far, congrats, we're almost done lol. These are just a few random images that didn't really fit into a particular category. Some of them are from another show that was done called Models And Bottles. I can't remember what it was for exactly, but I want to say that it was to celebrate the grand opening of some new lounge that opened up. The other images are just some pieces that I did for my school assignments.