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What Does it Take to Be A Fashion Designer?

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Click for more: http://ww2.kqed.org/artschool/ Oakland high school student Zachary Fernandez made it to the finals on the first season of Project Runway Junior, then headed straight back to Oakland School of the Arts to continue his education as a designer. His newest collection, Kathmandu, was inspired by recovery efforts in Nepal after the devastating 2015 earthquake. Art School followed Fernandez's process as he sketched, sourced fabric, and designed his new project, revealed at a culminating fashion show in spring 2016. Hi, my name is Zachary Fernandez and I'm currently a fashion student. So I am starting my Kathmandu 2016 collection. My collection's gonna be debuting at my school fashion show, and so I have little under seven weeks to get this all put together. So our school assignment was to pick a city that we wanted to be inspired by for this collection. I ended with Kathmandu, Nepal, all of the trouble that they went through last year was really inspiring and I was able to take those ideas of imbalance and the destruction of culture and apply that to this new collection. These are the pieces that I ended up designing. They're ever-changing and they kind of just are always in flux. My sketching process involves a lot of images, a lot of mixed medias, I like to do collages, watercolors, acrylic paste, it's a real reflection of what my mind looks like. Here you have the final sketches that I've done. The sketching process for me is really a major step between just ideas and kind of this fantasy world that I've created in my mind to really functional wearable pieces. Fabric sourcing is one of my favorite things to do. It's really like a group activity, like meet a couple of friends, we'll just go, we'll explore the city, we'll get inspiration. So I'm looking for like a very pale blue that's almost like very silverish, and then I'm gonna be looking for a very deep, rust orange color. Okay, so I need to find this, but more grayish blue. The fabric store is one of those places that you go in with one idea and one concept and one thought, and you come out with like 500 more. This is it. - This is it! - This is it. - [Girl] Dude! - Hey! Yes! So I spend the majority of my time draping and it's definitely a part that will make or break a piece. I take a piece of muslin, which is just a really basic blend fabric, and I started sculpting it to the dress form. And then those mock-ups that I make of the dress form are then fitted to the model, and sometimes I try them on a model, I'm like, this is hideous, I don't know why, it just overpowers her or something happens and that leads to even better ideas and even more just, creativeness. When you design while you create, I just think it takes so much longer and you like pressure yourself so much more. So, my design mind is turned off. And it's just about sewing, and sewing, and sewing, and sewing, and sewing. So after I finish draping, I take a part of that mockup and I totally seam rip it and I re-pattern it, and then I cut out of my real fabric. It's always really nerve-wracking 'cause a lot of times the fabric's all that you have, either the budget doesn't allow for you to get more fabric, or there's simply not anymore left. It has this like box-like structure in it. The box is actually lined with horse-hair so that it can kind of take the shape and that's why I'm kind of trying to like manipulate it right now 'cause it just takes on whatever shape you really need it to. The show, oh the show. Six days, and I'm still cutting up fabric like, I don't think that's normal. There's always going to be that last minute hurry up and finish like state of being. I have a picture in my mind about how this is supposed to go, but who knows if it actually go that way. I think that there can be a lot of different ways to read the look. Obviously you look for like the main things like color, silhouette, is this an evening piece, is this a day piece and you just kind of put the garment and choose certain categories and that really helps people read fashion out, by the time the piece is on the runway I'm already thinking about a whole new collection and I'm really thinking something totally different, but it doesn't really hit me that these people, for them it's the first time that they've seen this. I've spent months and months planning and sketching and putting it together. If I see all these different things in these pieces, but no one else does, then it's kind of sad, but then it's also part of what makes fashion art, is because people see it in so many different ways. We are in my home, studio, bedroom combination in Berkeley, California. I have this look from Project Runway Junior, which was the first episode, and this look for my most recent collection. They really mean a lot to me 'cause they show how much progress I've made within the last four, five months.
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Shanty Alysia (20 hours ago)
I got to The Art Institute of Atlanta and this what I’m actually doing currently up until my fashion show for graduation.
Adel Emad (2 days ago)
هو الرسم حلو لاكن التنفيز زباله اسواء من الزباله كمان اي التخلف ده اكنو عامل قماش لف عليهم ومرقع وخلاص 😂😂😂
Florencia Bama (4 days ago)
Wait he was in Project Runway Junior!
Fatima Luz (6 days ago)
This inspires me. I love to see how designer struggles or the path they passed before the fashion show/success. This is awesome. I want to become a fashion designer too!
Maariyah Ayman (8 days ago)
All of the dresses are stunning
Madalina Gutu (8 days ago)
You are HUGE!!I ❤️ what you do!Do more...🌈☀️🌏💕
simplymorristwins (9 days ago)
I wanna be a fashion designer so bad but I can't even draw 😭😭😭💀
AAsTHa (9 days ago)
omg.. I am from Nepal.. and i am seeing this very late.!❤
Justin Gray (11 days ago)
Is u gay??
Pinot Noir (13 days ago)
Like emerging designers. Go to KLODIER fashion platform
Scarlet flame (14 days ago)
I'm about to chose a good school but I have no idea The basics about me:-can and likes to draw, -nearly good at every subject except for physics And because everyone tells me I'm good at everything, it's more difficult to chose a good school Then my mom found a school where I can be a costume designer, learn languages (which I really like!) or I can be a fashion designer I liked the idea since I love drawing and I always pick my clothes with matching design for different events I think it's fun and if I chose this, I'll enjoy what I'm doing which is important at work :D I hope I'll make it:)
The Melbournian (14 days ago)
You’ve done a wonderful job! Now I wanna study fashion designing but my bank balance says NO 😂
Bruh Bro (14 days ago)
Moon Scorpio (16 days ago)
My dream job.
Caramel (21 days ago)
Hi people! I’m From Australia and I just started uni for a pharmacy degree. I worked hard to get in, but honestly, I hate it. I’m not complaining, but deep inside me, I know that I hate it. All I wanted to become since I was a little girl was to become a fashion designer, however as years went by, I was influenced by many factors, friends, family and just the money-driven world. My brain tricked me into thinking that I want to become a pharmacist, bf I wanted to work in big companies and make big money. But it feels wrong, I’m not happy. I don’t know what to do.
narcissistic player (21 days ago)
Heading: what does it take to be a fashion designer? Me: everything 😂😂
Otaku Toons (22 days ago)
I’m 12, and I cannot wait to be a fashion designer!
Jasim Uddin (23 days ago)
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Ikon&Winnerislyf (23 days ago)
Im a fashion design student and I'm gonna tell you guys it is not easy like from the tuition fee except that you need to spend the fabric and all of the materials you need especially for your collection. And for your design for the collection it will not be approved that easy our mentors need to critique our designs and we need to explain and why our design is like that and yeah alot of struggles
Aussie Koreaboo (24 days ago)
I’ve always wanted to be a fashion designer since I was young and now this has made me realise really how much I want to be one 💜💜
kristina nik (24 days ago)
Starting to study fashion design this oktober. I'm so excited!! I already served an apprenticeship as custom tailor. Getting on my path right now 🙈
Tahliacat Nightcore (25 days ago)
Fashion designing is totally my dream, i can draw but have no clue about sewing lol
I am only 16 y/o and i want to be a famous fashion designer someday!!!♥♥♥ to GOD be the Glory!!!
AbiDaKoolestKidie (24 days ago)
AL3X Gaming? (28 days ago)
I want to be a fashion desiner
Baby Ben (28 days ago)
i want to be a fashion designer... but i have no budget... 😩😞😟
Jabena Maharjan (29 days ago)
Love from Nepal 💛
MncSanghvi (29 days ago)
Hey can u tell me what Colors should use for easy illustrating plz plz plz
Yesenia A (29 days ago)
That last dress has my heart.
Trash Bien (1 month ago)
I’m just here so I can make my own prom dress instead of wearing those overpriced ones in stores...
Chloe De Vettori (1 month ago)
What a beautiful collection with an equally awesome message 😊😊
Sangyoq gurung (1 month ago)
Love from nepal bro ❤and i like your video keep supporting to qued
that was amazing to watch I really enjoyed watching this video
Charlotte Pinkerton (1 month ago)
I feel bad cause his designs were great but those models in the show really didn’t know how to walk
FMO Nemesis (1 month ago)
Cool, I’m from Nepal
First sign that a “fashion designer” doesn’t understand fashion, design, or industry is thinking that fashion is art. It’s foolish and dreamy and blind from what fashion actually is.
Amyrosabell Windy (1 month ago)
wow, his stuff looks better to me than the stuff I see some experts make. *I'm not an expert btw this is just my opinion
pearls shell (1 month ago)
Is that the guy from project runway junior lmao?
- rainbowine - (1 month ago)
The fact that he has a collection just shows how successful he is omg.
AustinPlaysSomeGames (1 month ago)
My parents hate my career choice cause I’m a guy but fuck if I have good ideas
FluffyCloud (1 month ago)
Hey, is it possible to only design and maybe have a team to sew, measure, cut, etc? Or are those required for the career? I’ve found that I’m talented in design and drawing it out and planning it, but not at all in the ‘putting it together phase’
Kalisha Daley (1 month ago)
This is so beautiful and creative 😍
Atila Fausto (1 month ago)
I love it. Simply amazing! <3 Just for the record... who would be that handsome guy at 5:17? lol
Marce Doromal (1 month ago)
I want to be a fashion designer but i dont know how to sew dresses I have no interest in sewing fabrics
Rajesh Kumar Malawat (1 month ago)
I am 13 and I also want to become a fashion designer in the future
sweety angel (2 months ago)
I interested at fashion design so how I became a designer plz tell me
Ellie Drake (2 months ago)
ive always wanted to be a fashion designer... ive designed 16 outfits
Alynah Macalino (2 months ago)
Fashion designing in kids and in girls and inguys
Amit Kumar Gehlot (2 months ago)
There is nothing wrong in finding inspiration in destruction however talking about is so insensitivity is very inhuman.
Quedding Val (2 months ago)
I have my sketches and design too, but the problem i dont know how to start a business in making dress and gowns😔😖
Gayathri Murugan (2 months ago)
후 그유ƙųƖąŋı (2 months ago)
Yeah I'm gonna study, I just wanted some unique art in what I wear and now I want the whole world to count on it. Very inspirational and these designs are awesome I wish I could pull that through.
Ary Hidalgo (2 months ago)
zachary joined project runway right omg
Mozzzagirl Xo (2 months ago)
I’m a BA fashion student and finish my third and final year in may. I’m so impressed with how quick and amazing he works! He is incredibly advanced.
Akashi Rose (2 months ago)
If u wanna be a good designer I think we should bought some fashion magazine to read about how the fashion going!The most important is u need to have creative mind and learn to know the colours beauty.But first!You have to know how to draw body and search for fabric and learn about them! My grammar sucks bc I still a kid haha 😂
Rosenavi Khatri (2 months ago)
Love from Nepal 🇳🇵
Andini chesilya (2 months ago)
Check this out If interest tutorial of 3d modeling.. Easy to learned https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCECfmn7m7vLGnNj5sIPbg1A
She is determined and optimistic.
Leopard Kind (2 months ago)
Great blessings to you my friend. I am a Fashion design student from NYC myself, it's not that easy.
a s t r o - p a s t e l (2 months ago)
I literally liked this video on all of my google accounts...something is wrong with me.
Juicy Love (2 months ago)
I'm more of a i will sketch and you make it type but I'm still teaching myself how to sew and learn how to really put a garmet together. Will be taking a sewing class soon. Bye.
well (3 months ago)
i want to be a fashion designer cause i find the sheiks process and designing of fashion pieces so fascinating but the only problem is.... i’m not creative enough to come up with my own ideas
Glamorously_ Awkward (3 months ago)
As soon as the video came on I was like HE'S FROM PROJECT RUNWAY JUNIOR 😮😭
Sharlamazing (3 months ago)
Im a fashion designer
bel pet (3 months ago)
Is that a dress with pockets?
juli (3 months ago)
Isabella Williams (3 months ago)
We watched him on project runway in 7th grade clothing class
APRIL BLOSSOM (3 months ago)
Hi everyone! My name is KHUSHI. I'm an indain. I'm 13 and I wanna become world best fashion designer. I sketch dress designs. I wanted to ask when I'll get in to professional corier of fashion designing in future ,do I just have to sketch dresses and someone else will stitch it or I have to stitch it myself?
Xia Martin (3 months ago)
earthquake = the destruction of culture? wtf....
Elena Martin (3 months ago)
I know exactly where he got the templates for the models figure haha
Marlyn Felincia (3 months ago)
i just really hate how people say they can't be designer just because they can't draw.. like bruh, you can work hard and practice your drawing. As long as you have the creativity and passion, just go for it.
Lydia Montes de oca (3 months ago)
Marlyn Felincia Ik you can literally have an sketch of a crappy drawing but you can still understand your design
Helen Neofitou (3 months ago)
Hi I loved your video..
bole sivaparvathi (3 months ago)
Muskan Lama (3 months ago)
I'm from Kathmandu, Nepal And i love the way how he represented it i love it it's really deep
Lay Magic (3 months ago)
Hi, can you tell me where do you order slopers? I had them in school but since i graduated it's not where to be found.
Samuel deFraca (3 months ago)
I am from Nepal and am soooooooo happy!😻
Casimir Paquet (3 months ago)
Being gay and snob is also recommended
Sunita Poudel (3 months ago)
Hello I'm from Chitwan nepal & I'm interested in fashion design so how can appy for the study forgen country?
Lucia Doylend (3 months ago)
I have this thing that certain noises really annoy me (usually quite random noises) and his voice kinda irks me. It’s a shame because I couldn’t watch the entire video ☹️
amina graciana SURETA (3 months ago)
Yo Kristen I know that u posted this
jan blanc (4 months ago)
dang. i just started using a sewing machine today and i turned my dads old big shirt into a shirt dress and it was very decent lol. i think ik what to be now when i grow up. thx for this video! (im at a very young age so i still have a long way to go with drawing lol)
Diogo de Sousa (4 months ago)
La mode n'est pas en Californie. Si vous voulez apprendre la mode, venez en Europe en Italie ou en France. Je vois le potentiel en elle, mais la qualité des tissus est une misère complète...Oh, mon Dieu.
Ayushi Kulshrestha (4 months ago)
I have my soo many sketches based on different cultures of India. I have soo many designs to participate in a fashion show, but i am persuing engineering and could not attend any fashion class. so how i could i participate in a fashion show can uh pls tell me ?
Ayushi Kulshrestha (4 months ago)
I have my soo many sketches based on different cultures of India. I have soo many designs to participate in a fashion show, but i am persuing engineering and could not attend any fashion class. so how i could i participate in a fashion show can uh pls tell me ?
Ayushi Kulshrestha (4 months ago)
I have my soo many sketches based on different cultures of India. I have soo many designs to participate in a fashion show, but i am persuing engineering and could not attend any fashion class. so how i could i participate in a fashion show can uh pls tell me ?
qyle rpd (4 months ago)
What apps do you use in fashion design?
Sofea Richie LGBTQ (4 months ago)
As a fashion designer and a ceo.I can relate to her so much I always havs that emergency touch to the clothes that i make and its really frustrating cuz I really want it to look good after working on it for months
Iam Tzi (4 months ago)
I wamma be a fashion designer but damn i dont wanna sew
Kumar prince (4 months ago)
I also wanna become a designer because I think that I will it well
Stella Hill (4 months ago)
Sourabh Gujjar (4 months ago)
I am Indian and my dream make a best fashion designer but I am only 11 standard but my only one goal that is fashion designer only fashion designer and your video is very helpful for me thankuuu dear and your collection is veyyy fabuuu👗👗👗👌👌👌👌👌👍👍
risaee (4 months ago)
its good to know what you wanna do at such a young age !! i hope you will achieve your goal one day 💗
eyadamo silimato (4 months ago)
Damn , one of the most hideous dresses Ive seem
The BANKS Family (4 months ago)
very inspiring
FALLEN STAR (4 months ago)
it’s a guy?
ss secrets (4 months ago)
I'll wait for your reply
ss secrets (4 months ago)
How can I talk to you ??
Elmo Scotch (4 months ago)
This is my dream major.
luna (4 months ago)
He hasn’t even seen people wear or be inspired by the “art” he’s created yet he’s already moving on. Makes me wonder if he’s learning through the experience or just buying and stitching without be gratefull with the nature around him
Minute2Minute Fashion (4 months ago)
Very creative
daily Sunday (4 months ago)
You are boy or girl
Summer Ci (4 months ago)
IDK,first I wanna be an astronomer, cause I love celestial bodies, etc. But something came up to my mind. It all started with knitting and crochet, I started sketching. But when I tell people that I started to like fashion designing, they were like " I thought you wanted to be a Doctor or an astronomer" and " I never thought you would want that cause you're like a tomboy"

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