When we were young, we were asked at least once what we wanted to be when we grow up. As a child, dreaming of becoming an artist or a designer might not have been a big deal to many parents at the time; to continue such goals in the future often comes down to the child being lectured and talked out of pursuing such dreams. Unlike many children, Michelle Tu is blessed to have wonderful support in pursuing her dreams, and she never gave up on her goal of bringing together design and business. Coming back to Maryland from New York City for the summer, I had the opportunity to catch up with Michelle. I got to learn and share more about where she is now in her student career.
Name: Michelle Tu
Role: Design and Management Student at Parsons The New School for Design
CollegeFashionista: What made you interested in pursuing design and business together as a major at Parsons?
Michelle Tu: I wanted to go into a major where I could combine my interests in arts as well as my interest in logic.
CF: How do you relate fashion to business?
MT: Not only is fashion a way to express oneself, but also studying fashion can lead into many careers, which is not only limited to designing garments. Advertisement, public relations and buyers can enjoy a mix of fashion and business.
CF: How would you describe your style?
MT: I don’t really specify with particular styles, but I guess I am quite influenced [by] Japanese Street Fashion. I like to look at pictures of people in Harajuku, a famous fashion area in Japan.
CF: What are your favorite trends for the summer, and how do they differ in New York versus in Maryland?
MT: I guess I would say crop tops with high-waisted bottoms are catching my interest this summer. [They're] great for elongating a person’s figure! The main difference between New York and Maryland would probably be that New York has more variety. Everyone is quite individualistic. People enjoy buying clothes from many places, whether it is from brand stores or thrift stores. DIY fashion is a huge trend, as well. On the other hand, Maryland is mostly limited to the fast fashion brands.
Learn More: Michelle is going into her junior year this year at Parsons The New School for Design. If you are ever in New York City, don’t be surprised if you run into her there! Find her T-shirt, skirt and shoes that she is wearing in the photos in the corresponding links.