As a Fashion Merchandising major at the University of Delaware, I often get asked, “So you like making clothes?” Well, not quite. I prefer to be on the business side of things, while I leave the sewing to the Apparel Design majors. As someone who can’t even thread a needle, I’m always blown away by these students. This Fashionista is just one of many designers at Delaware who work hard to develop beautiful creations.
Name: Jaime Mayer
Role: Student Designer
CollegeFashionista: What made you want to become a fashion designer?
Jamie Mayer: I wanted to become a fashion designer when I was really young. I would staple together pieces of fabric to make pillows for my family as gifts. Eventually I graduated to hand sewing, machine sewing and started taking sewing lessons throughout middle school and high school. I was inspired to be a part of a craft that we utilize every day but only a small percentage of the world can do.
CF: What are your favorite classes that you’ve taken thus far and why?
JM: I am a Fashion History and Culture Minor, and my favorite classes have been costume history classes. I am obsessed with history and find it so interesting that we will never be able to relive those times, yet clothing is a tangible and accessible way to look into someone’s life.
CF: What are your goals as a fashion designer?
JM: In whatever direction I go with fashion design, I hope to achieve sustainability. The fashion industry is massive and has so much social and environmental responsibility. I hope I can help change the way we look at fashion production to make it more sustainable.
Learn More: Jaime will soon be starting her senior collection, the big finale of any fashion design student. She’ll be showing her designs at the Synergy Fashion Show on campus.