I cannot pinpoint the precise moment that I became enamored with the fashion industry. There was no “Eureka!” moment nor a sudden epiphany where I realized that fashion was my calling. While my like-minded peers can offer unique anecdotes about how they became attracted to this world wrought with drama and luxury, I have no distinct memory of my first introduction.
This realization has led me to determine that fashion has always been a part of me. This unique art form has coursed through my veins since birth, allowing me to become the person I am today. Rather than one story about how I came into fashion, I instead I possess countless memories where I was reassured that leading a fashionable life was the only life I could lead. One of these memories includes the first time I watched the movie Auntie Mame. This movie transported me into an era of glamour and sophistication. I recall coveting the Auntie Mame’s plush mink coats and elaborate floor-length gowns. She was so unapologetically fabulous, exclaiming, “Life’s a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death!” Auntie Mame taught me to soak up all of the special luxuries life has to offer, particularly in the realm of fashion.
Another memory I have is the time I discovered my mother’s time machine to the ’80s. “Did she really have a time machine?”, one may ask. To which I would reply, “No.” What she did have was a closet brimming with eye-popping neons and sequined shoulder-padded garments. I could hardly believe my eyes when she revealed to me what she wore in her youth. The next day I sported one of her neon green satin bomber jackets to school. It was not exactly what every typical high school freshman would wear, but as a budding Fashionista I always welcomed an opportunity to take on a risk. I am not sure if the looks I got that day were of shock or admiration about my daring ensemble. In situations such as this I often recall Auntie Mame’s wise words about life being a banquet. If on-lookers were not ready to delve into the complex fashion feast that make up my life, let them starve.