Not many people know about my undercover love for fashion but trust me it’s always been there. My love for fashion started at a young age while I cut up paisley red and blue scarfs as tops for my barbies. I would honestly say I was ahead of my time. Recalling my childhood and fashion is such a blur but has it’s “Oh fuck yea I did that too!” moments. I remember one year creating my own costume and I remember taking a fashion design course and jewelry class in High School. I started off doing well in fashion design until I got bullied but I managed to keep that A for Awesome in jewelry class.
My obsession grew. My finishing years for High School I knew I wanted to be involved in fashion but I wasn’t sure if it was going to be fashion design. Almost every month in 2013 I would go to Kroger and look at the zines and found myself taking home Complex, XXL and Teen Vogue. When I think back about the year of 2013 I can say I was super hungry to work and make everything happen. I was emailing every upcoming streetwear brand and asked if they needed interns and almost landed a gig with Rocksmith NYC but I missed one of their emails. During that time I was renting Coco Chanel biography books and videos and actually read the The Teen Vogue Handbook: An Insider’s Guide to Careers in Fashion book. I got invited to a Teen Vogue experience but working at Burger King was only good for so much.I always questioned why I didn’t go to school back then but I know why I didn’t and I kick myself for not following my dreams back then.
My Senior year of High School my counselor made sure to tell me I could only go to a Community College and I wouldn’t be able to further my education. Thinking back she was really sadistic. It was like – my sadness made her happy because she stopped 1/10 black seniors from following their path. On top of that, my mom wasn’t ready for me to leave and I didn’t understand until this year I learned that my mom has anxiety along with other things so looking back I guess it wasn’t completely bad that I stayed in Indy longer.
When I got the email that I’ve been accepted to attend the Parsons x Teen Vogue class I was sooo excited but then I grew broke. I was actually working at Geico and making good money and this course isn’t expensive at all. But as I traveled to NY and got an ear infection I then lost my job and wasn’t able to take the class. I would continue to get emails about free classes and discounts but I didn’t have a job. As time grew I found an interest in writing about music and put fashion on the backboard. But I’m excited to restart this journey because NOW I feel more ambitious than I ever have been now that I am working a stable 9-5 and that I have a few online gigs.
I will take you all on my journey. I will be sharing tips and things I learned in each course alongside what happens after I obtain my certification.
How long is the course?
“This 12-week noncredit program, available only online, features a self-paced curriculum. Students have access to all course materials for a full year from the time of initial registration, allowing them to study at their own pace. Students are encouraged to take whatever time is necessary to successfully complete the program, keeping in mind that a renewed registration will be required if completion takes longer than one year.” – NewSchool.edu
How many courses are there?
Parsons Faculty: Patrick Hughes, Geoffry Gertz
Teen Vogue and Industry Experts: Amy Astley, Andrew Bevan, Cynthia Sakai
Parsons Faculty: Angela Gao, Francesca Sammaritano, Muriel Favaro, Caletha Crawford, Geoffry Gertz
Teen Vogue and Industry Experts: Rebecca Minkoff, Adam Selman, Cynthia Sakai
Parsons Faculty: Angela Gao, Muriel Favaro
Teen Vogue and Industry Experts: Marina Larroude
Parsons Faculty: Caletha Crawford
Teen Vogueand Industry Experts: Amy Astley, Rhianna Rule, Sarah Brody, Drew Elovitz, Erin Hover, Jessica Minkoff
Parsons Faculty: Caletha Crawford, Angela Gao, Muriel Favaro, Thomas Werner
Teen Vogue and Industry Experts: Amy Astley, Dana Matthews