Name: Katie Hitchens
School: University of Delaware (UD)
Studio: The Handwork Studio
Bio: Katie Hitchens, a rising fashion merchandising senior at the University of Delaware, became a fashionista at a young age. A Disney princess at heart, Hitchens frequently insisted on dressing her best, which often meant wearing a Cinderella gown.
Katie’s love for fashion transformed into curiosity and desire to learn about apparel design and construction. As a high school student, she completed courses in textiles and clothing learning machine sewing, hand sewing and apparel design. During her high school career, Katie actively participated in Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), a family and consumer sciences student organization. Passionate about apparel construction, she competed in the Fashion Construction STAR Event at the 2013 Delaware State FCCLA Leadership Conference.
Among her creations, Katie is most proud of the draped gown she entered. Draping consists of creating a sewing pattern from scratch by arranging and pinning fabric pieces onto a dressform. Katie said initially mastering the draping technique was a “nightmare.” On a deadline for competition entry, she was determined to turn her design into a reality.
“I kept pushing myself until I finished,” Katie said. “Draping was the first time I felt like a true designer.”
Although she faced challenges, Katie persevered and her hard work earned her a silver medal at the competition.
As a college student, Katie discovered her passion for the business side of the fashion. Katie aspires to work as a product developer in the fashion industry--blending her love for apparel design and business together. This summer, with her roots in fashion construction and passion for styling, Katie will pass her fashion construction skills onto the next generation of students at The Handwork Studio as a lead counselor and blog for the College Fashionista as a Style Guru.
As a Style Guru, Katie’s recent fashion inspiration has come from her fellow members of the Guru Gang. Although spread across the world, social media has linked the fashionistas allowing them to share their ideas with one another.
“Everyone has unique and interesting ideas,” Katie said.
Among social media platforms, Katie’s favorite is Pinterest.
“I’m practically on that app on a daily basis,” Katie said with exclamation.
She looks forward to what the summer holds.
To Future Fashionistas
In regards to advice for future fashionistas, Katie said, “It sounds cheesy, but follow your dreams no matter how big. I never imagined that I would end up interning for College Fashionista as a Style Guru. Even if you don’t think you have a shot, take it anyway. You never know what great places it might take you.”
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