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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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Dat_ RobloxGurl (11 hours ago)
He was on project runway junior 😂
Savannah Gunter (1 day ago)
Okay as soon as you said Nepal I was completely hooked
chiinkzilla (3 days ago)
I go to school with this kid, he's super nice and very talented :)
naya danielle mueller (5 days ago)
I really want to be a fashion designer but read that they don’t make too much money😭
naya danielle mueller (3 days ago)
jas uwu I would but it’s hard when u have parents that both make over 90.000 a year
jas uwu (4 days ago)
Don't do it for the money, do it because it makes you happy
Random question.... how old are you?
I am from nepal I think your designs are toi much amazing
Fatima Kaddourah (10 days ago)
Actually my dream is to be a fashion designer but when I say that i will be a fashion designer all the people in my community makes fun of me they see that fashion designer is just the person that sew the fabrics and it doesn’t need to study that’s why i am always shy when any teacher ask me “ what do u want to be in the future?” and i say I did not have decided yet. In addition I’m a very excellent student and everyone want me to be a doctor 🤦‍♀️
Amshu shree basnet (11 days ago)
Watching from nepal
SoloTieFan#1 (12 days ago)
Can a male be a Roaring Twenties fashion designer
Fadheela Aminu (12 days ago)
i really want to go to an art school and study fashion too, but i have NO IDEA where im going to get the money to pay for all the fabric etc. ;-;
David Vos (13 days ago)
awesome work. loved it
Sovit Wagle (14 days ago)
Glad you choosed khatmandu!😊☺
Robert Perry (16 days ago)
fascinating
Hannah Hirst (16 days ago)
Wasn't he on Netflix
Roos Pabbi (16 days ago)
Wow so cool
Asha Karki (17 days ago)
Namaste I am from Kathmandu , Nepal and I’m literally so glad that you choose our country for the inspiration like wow 🙏🏻❤️🇳🇵
Eureka L (18 days ago)
Watch Split? lol
Nik Obsioma (23 days ago)
YOU ARE AMAZING!!! THOSE PIECES WERE ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL💜
adrianna (1 month ago)
Even tho these types of videos also show the negative sides of fashion designing, all together this makes me so much more hyped to go to school to learn about fashion & design.
Cry Baby edits (1 month ago)
Being a person who really enjoys fashion design/illustration this is really inspiring and just amazing ❤️❤️
Seung Hyun (1 month ago)
Can't wait to study course fashion design ❣️
Jennifer Zoe (1 month ago)
Just saying... that sketchbook is skinny, having done a fashion design degree, tutors expect much more work than that to reach a final design line up. I don’t see stand work, I don’t see design development. Not hating just trying to let y’all know most schools don’t do it like this.
LovelyKei T (1 month ago)
Savannah McCulloch (1 month ago)
who else noticed him from project runway jr????
Stan KIM YOHAN (1 month ago)
Fabulous is an understatement.
Altvalora (1 month ago)
wasn't he on a tv show?
Fariha Mohamed Hilmy (1 month ago)
I felt that I am starting to get the picture of what being a fashion designer is like! 🧵👗
Ally Murphy (1 month ago)
i know BART when i see it
Adwoa Vhim (1 month ago)
I have an idea in created a fashion😘💕💕💯💯
Rajendren Kumar (1 month ago)
Fashion designer made a dress it was wear by model (or)fashion designer.
Shoto Todoroki (1 month ago)
Being a fashion designer is my dream, luckily i can draw and i have high hopes for the future
cat fish (2 months ago)
I use to cut our window curtain as fabric then ill sew some dresses for my doll 😂
Peperin_MC (2 months ago)
I can smell that fabric store.
Shanty Alysia (2 months 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 months ago)
هو الرسم حلو لاكن التنفيز زباله اسواء من الزباله كمان اي التخلف ده اكنو عامل قماش لف عليهم ومرقع وخلاص 😂😂😂
Florencia Bama (2 months ago)
Wait he was in Project Runway Junior!
Fatima Luz (2 months 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!
Madalina Gutu (2 months ago)
You are HUGE!!I ❤️ what you do!Do more...🌈☀️🌏💕
simplymorristwins (2 months ago)
I wanna be a fashion designer so bad but I can't even draw 😭😭😭💀
AAsTHa (2 months ago)
omg.. I am from Nepal.. and i am seeing this very late.!❤
Justin Gray (2 months ago)
Is u gay??
Pinot Noir (2 months ago)
Like emerging designers. Go to KLODIER fashion platform
Scarlet flame (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
You’ve done a wonderful job! Now I wanna study fashion designing but my bank balance says NO 😂
Bruh Bro (2 months ago)
WOW
Moon Scorpio (2 months ago)
My dream job.
Caramel (2 months 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.
sweet pie (2 months ago)
Heading: what does it take to be a fashion designer? Me: everything 😂😂
Otaku Toons (2 months ago)
I’m 12, and I cannot wait to be a fashion designer!
Jasim Uddin (2 months ago)
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Ikon&Winnerislyf (2 months 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 (2 months 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 (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
Fashion designing is totally my dream, i can draw but have no clue about sewing lol
TRISHA LOVESBANGTAN (2 months ago)
I am only 16 y/o and i want to be a famous fashion designer someday!!!♥♥♥ to GOD be the Glory!!!
AbiDaKoolestKidie (2 months ago)
Sameeee
AL3X Gaming? (3 months ago)
I want to be a fashion desiner
Baby Ben (3 months ago)
i want to be a fashion designer... but i have no budget... 😩😞😟
Jabena Maharjan (3 months ago)
Love from Nepal 💛
MncSanghvi (3 months ago)
Hey can u tell me what Colors should use for easy illustrating plz plz plz
Yesenia A (3 months ago)
That last dress has my heart.
Gucci Eyebags (3 months ago)
I’m just here so I can make my own prom dress instead of wearing those overpriced ones in stores...
Chloe De Vettori (3 months ago)
What a beautiful collection with an equally awesome message 😊😊
Sangyoq gurung (3 months ago)
Love from nepal bro ❤and i like your video keep supporting to qued
Ali Roberts Studio Admin (3 months ago)
that was amazing to watch I really enjoyed watching this video
Charlotte Pinkerton (3 months ago)
I feel bad cause his designs were great but those models in the show really didn’t know how to walk
FMO Nemesis (3 months 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 (3 months 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 (3 months ago)
Is that the guy from project runway junior lmao?
- rainbowine - (3 months ago)
The fact that he has a collection just shows how successful he is omg.
AustinPlaysSomeGames (3 months ago)
My parents hate my career choice cause I’m a guy but fuck if I have good ideas
Dood (3 months 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’
Atila Fausto (3 months ago)
I love it. Simply amazing! <3 Just for the record... who would be that handsome guy at 5:17? lol
Marce Doromal (3 months 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 (4 months ago)
I am 13 and I also want to become a fashion designer in the future
Nandini jena (4 months ago)
I interested at fashion design so how I became a designer plz tell me
Ellie Drake (4 months ago)
ive always wanted to be a fashion designer... ive designed 16 outfits
Alynah Macalino (4 months ago)
Fashion designing in kids and in girls and inguys
Amit Kumar Gehlot (4 months ago)
There is nothing wrong in finding inspiration in destruction however talking about is so insensitivity is very inhuman.
Quedding Val (4 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 (4 months ago)
💕
ƙųƖąŋı H. (4 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 (4 months ago)
zachary joined project runway right omg
Mozzzagirl Xo (4 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 (4 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 (4 months ago)
Love from Nepal 🇳🇵
Andini chesilya (4 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 (4 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 (4 months ago)
I literally liked this video on all of my google accounts...something is wrong with me.
Juicy Love (5 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 (5 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 (5 months ago)
As soon as the video came on I was like HE'S FROM PROJECT RUNWAY JUNIOR 😮😭
bel pet (5 months ago)
Is that a dress with pockets?
juli (5 months ago)
😍👏👏
Isabella Williams (5 months ago)
We watched him on project runway in 7th grade clothing class
Khushi tyagi (5 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 (5 months ago)
earthquake = the destruction of culture? wtf....
Elena Martin (5 months ago)
I know exactly where he got the templates for the models figure haha
Marlyn Felincia (5 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 (5 months ago)
Marlyn Felincia Ik you can literally have an sketch of a crappy drawing but you can still understand your design

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