AROUND TOWN: Kersten Haff

This week, I’m bringing you a Fashionista with immaculate style and even better design skills. When deciding on a major or career path, we often choose one that is practical instead of basing our choice off of what we are passionate about. Kersten Haff is the perfect example of a student who chose to study what she is passionate about instead of going the sensible route. She wanted to be able to show off her emotions and express herself through making clothing. Coming all the way to Marist from Montana, she puts a lot of effort and time into her major, and it pays off!

Name: Kersten Haff

Role: Fashion Design Student

CollegeFashionista: What inspired you to go to school for fashion design?

Kersten Haff: To me, fashion design is not just clothing but a form of self-expression and a work of art. I was intrigued by the idea that clothing can tell you everything about a person without them saying a single word. Fashion can also evoke emotions and tell stories the same way a painting or a piece of literature can. But it is moving, wearable art.

CF: What inspires you the most when designing?

KH: I have always been intrigued by nature and transformation. One of my favorite collections I have designed was inspired by the story of the Ugly Duckling actually. Honestly though, I can’t pick just one thing that inspires me the most, as I am kind of all over the place. You never know when and by what you’ll be inspired. I like seeing where my imagination leads me.

CF: What is your dream career in the fashion industry?

KH: Every fashion designer wants to have his or her own label and brand; it is the dream. I’m not saying that’s not where I want to end up, but as long as I have the chance to express my ideas and feelings through my own designs, even if they are under someone else’s name, that’s what truly matters to me.

CF: What is your favorite piece that you have designed so far?

KH: One of my favorite looks I’ve designed so far would be from my Ugly Duckling collection. It was a sleek, gray blouse paired with high-waisted black herringbone pants. The model is wearing a black feathered jacket and black pumps to finish off the look.

Learn More: Kersten is currently a sophomore at Marist. Make sure to watch out for her in the future to discover her upcoming designs!