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STYLE GURU BIO: Amanda Rabito

As our good friend Coco Chanel once said: “Every day is a fashion show and the world is your runway.” This semester, I am thrilled to be part of CollegeFashionista during my final semester at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, catching style and following trends on our campus’ streets. My name is Amanda Rabito and I am a senior studying Theatre and Drama with a double major in Art History. The combination of my studies has led me to follow a career in costume design for stage and film. This semester, I cannot wait to share my fashion finds with my background in costume design and fashion studies.

My love for fashion and design began with the discovery of my great grandmother’s sewing machine in my early teen years. Coming to my university, I had the desire to study garment construction and apparel. Additionally, I wanted to study costume design for theatre, film and television. I chose to study Theatre and Drama with a concentration in Costume Design, and my love for art has been remedied with many art history courses in varying areas. Costume design cannot live without fashion and its current trends, which is how I landed at CollegeFashionista for an exciting semester of documenting what is on my own campus.

Part of my costume design work is researching what people wore in specific periods and studying why people wear what they wear to express who they are as a person. The opportunity to work with CollegeFashionista this semester will be a great opportunity to document the trends of real people on campus, and how it relates to the multitude of people who are creatively expressing themselves through fashion and design.

You can find me anywhere on the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s campus with either a floral backpack or one of my candy purses running in and out of Vilas Hall or the university’s theatre. With my escapades, I hope to bring readers the expressive fashion dispersed throughout campus, and the trends for winter, spring and summer. Let the world be our runway!