Dress by me at The Broad Museum / Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors Show
All I want to do when I wake up is create, design, draw, paint, sew, or craft. For as long as I can remember, that is the only thing that always makes me happy!
Ever since I was 2 years old all I needed was a drawing utensil and a canvas, whether it was the walls of my grandmother's home or a sheet of paper.
...I could draw before I could crawl.
Growing up, we didn't have a lot, when I turned 11 I finally got my first real Barbie (Soccer Kira). I was so excited I couldn't stop knitting and sewing clothes for her. When I was 13 (thanks to the good ole' dial up modem internet) I discovered the world of JRock, Anime and Cosplay. I made my first costume by hand with the help of my mother and attended my first anime convention and won best craftsmanship in the costume contest when I was 14 years old.
80 costumes later, I decided to attend The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles (I think it's safe to say I found my calling in costume and fashion design.)
I began my professional career at a contemporary design company as an assistant designer in 2004. In 2005 I began to work as a designer for a small junior fashion company. Years later I entered the world of licensed children's apparel design which introduced me to the world of licensing and lead me to my current job as a design manager at a global consumer products brand with a focus in soft lines. Throughout my career I have also freelanced as a fashion illustrator, pattern maker, stylist, seamstress and designer for stage costumes.
Although I am busy and passionate in my full time professional career, I still can't seem to stop wanting to create and collaborate even during my free time! I still love finding time to make costumes or dressing up, whether it's for conventions, parties, or special events.
Every moment should be celebrated and matched with the perfect outfit.
For more info on my professional portfolio and resume please email me at the address below or contact link above. This site does not contain any content from my professional career.