Name: Victoria Bennett
Studio: Basement Studio, Fredericksburg, Virginia
Company: UBU Fashions
Bio: Victoria Bennett, who studied fashion merchandising at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and Old Dominion University (ODU) from 2012 to 2015, creates and styles plus size fashions for her company UBU Fashions.
A Passion for People
Victoria’s passion for people generates her love for fashion and styling. She enjoys assisting her clients with discovering silhouettes and styles that flatter their shape best.“I love to see the look on a client’s face when they discover their personal style and what looks best on them,” she said.
In addition to growing UBU Fashions, Victoria is a mom to her beautiful son and works a full-time job.
A Hidden Talent
Victoria discovered her love for sewing and designing when she began taking sewing classes at Jo-Ann Fabrics.“Sewing is a craft that I didn't even know I had the ability to do,” she said. “ I just so happened to take a sewing class and fell in love with the machine!”
As a college student, Victoria discovered styling fashions. She interned for a local consignment shop in Richmond, Virginia. Today, she applies many skills she learned as an intern when styling and photographing her fashions.Victoria chose to create a plus size fashion line due to the lack of style variety in the market.
“As a plus size woman, I was often frustrated when I would go into stores and not be able to find anything that I liked in my size, she said. “This frustration lead me to want to make a difference in the plus size fashion industry.”
Victoria finds inspiration in various cultures around the world. African cultures, fabrics and prints, for instance, inspire the designer.“I often sew with (the African) native fabric, which is wax fabric, because it’s made with beautiful bright colors and patterns and is not a difficult fabric to sew with,” she said. “As someone who sews, I have a greater appreciation for different fabrics and prints.”
She is most proud of her bright-colored patterned pocket dress she constructed last summer.
“I am proud of making this dress, because I followed my own inspiration and went outside the box,” Victoria said.
During a UBU photoshoot last summer, Victoria’s sister modeled a garment created especially for her. The dress tore while she was dressing.“I had to think fast,” Victoria said.
Quick on her feet, Victoria saved the shoot by masking the tear with a few safety pins. The tear in the dress did not show in the photos--crisis averted!
Advice to Future Designers
Victoria’s advice to future designers is as follows: “Go for it! Don't stop until you make it to the top! Your dream is your dream. Don't let anyone take that from you! Oh and, UBU (you be you)--there's only one of you!”
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