Sunday, May 22, 2011

What sold me on SCAD (even though I'm a writer)

One year ago, when I had no idea that I'd ever return to school as a writer, much less at SCAD, my best friend Ashley had just transferred to SCAD from Miami Dade College. She called me and told me to hurry and go online to, that the SCAD fashion show was being streamed live and Diane von Furstenberg was accepting an Andre Leon Talley Lifetime Achievement Award.

 That was the day I was sold on SCAD. Coming from FIU, a school that doesn't even have a fashion program, I couldn't believe the big-name designers and fashion writers present at a university fashion show, or the quality of the garments made by students. They looked like they had been made by seasoned designers instead of graduating seniors.

Last night was the 2011 fashion show, an event I've been waiting impatiently for since my first day at SCAD and it was everything I had dreamed about except my seat was on the balcony and not the front row. I was amazed by the collections and can only imagine how much blood, sweat and tears went into preparing for that day.

I've always secretly wanted to be a designer. The glamour of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and the idea of "designing for me" is appealing. The payoff of being a successful designer can be huge, but I also know how demanding, competitive and stressful of a career it is. That's why I'm so in awe by the amazing work produced by the fashion students here.

Last night I saw fashion icons Manolo Blahnik, Andre Leon Talley, Jay Alexander (Miss Jay), Christian Cota, Paper Mag's Mr. Mickey (wearing a fab Stella McCartney bag) and Chris Benz. I even learned a non-fashion lesson from Benz. I was taking a picture with him and Ashley forgot to take the cap off of the lens. "Ash, the cap!" I screamed. And then I told him, "I'm sorry, my friends are retarded!"

His reply: "Those are the best kind of friends!"

He's totally right. The show was amazing, but I wouldn't have enjoyed it as much if my crazy girlfriends hadn't been there with me. I can't wait for next year's show and whatever it brings. I'm sure it will be beautiful all over again.

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