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I have always been a part of fashion since the moment I could voice my opinion on what I was wearing. I was 14 when my dad told me I should study fashion since I always enjoyed dressing other people. I’d never been big on academics – growing up, I always enjoyed my art classes more than basic studies.
My most proud project is my senior collection from my understudies. I really put all my energy and time into each piece I made, designing huge handmade embroidery motifs. I had only three months to finish my final collection and on top of that, I was getting ready to graduate, which made the pressure 10-times more stressful. I was able to pull it off in time for the fashion show and graduation.
I love to travel, read or watch documentaries on what is either happening around me or past events. This helps me get inspired to create. I believe it is important as an artist to be able to see objects, people and real-life situations from multiple perspectives. I love expressing my feelings and political views through hand-embroidery and print design.
With me being a Millennial and going through several interviews and rejections from the industry, I can definitely be a great voice to represent and discuss with my mentor how recruiters should be very mindful. When deciding which future candidates they want to move forward with, recruiters should offer answers and professional follow-ups.
I think if the industry continues to open more doors and opportunities to people that are diverse and equal opportunities, I believe the world can definitely make a huge impact and bring more new creatives to make a difference. The next generation drives me to inspire the future in fashion. I want other girls of colour like me to have someone to look up to when it comes to being a fashion designer.
Jas is mentored by Sharon Jautz, Head of HR at WGSN, based in New York, who leads the human resources team in North America, honing in her experience in iconic media brands to guide WGSNers with career pathing and transitioning.
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