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Hi, my name is Zachary Fernandez and I m currently a fashion student. So I am starting my Kathmandu 2016 collection. My collection is gonna be debuting at my school fashion show, and so I have little under seven weeks to get this all put together. So our school assignment was to pick a city that we wanted to be inspired by for this collection.I ended with Kathmandu, Nepal,all of the trouble that they went through last year was really inspiring and I was able to take those ideas of imbalance and the destruction of culture and apply that to this new collection.These are the pieces that I ended up designing.They are ever-changing and they kind of just are always in flux. My sketching process involves a lot of images,a lot of mixed medias, I like to do collages,watercolors, acrylic paste, it is a real reflection of what my mind looks like?.Here you have the final sketches that I have done.The sketching process for me is really a major step between just ideas and kind of this fantasy world that I have created in my mind to really functional wearable pieces.

What Does it Take to Be A Fashion Designer
What Does it Take to Be A Fashion Designer

 Fabric sourcing is one of my favorite things to do.It is really like a group activity, like meet a couple of friends, we shell just go, we Shell explore the city, we shell get inspiration.So I am looking for like a very pale blue that is almost like very silverfish, and then I am gonna be looking for a very deep, rust orange color. Okay, so I need to find this, but more grayish blue.The fabric store is one of those places that you go in with one idea and one concept and one thought, and you come out with like 500 more.

Hey I spend the majority of my time draping and it is definitely a part that will make or break a piece. I take a piece of muslin, which is just a really basic blend fabric, and I started sculpting it to the dress form. And then those mock-ups that I make of the dress form are then fitted to the model, and sometimes I try them on a model, I am like, this is hideous,I don’t know why, it just overpowers her or something happens and that leads to even better ideas and even more just, creativeness. When you design while you create,I just think it takes so much longer and you like pressure yourself so much more. So, my design mind is turned off. And it is just about sewing, and sewing,and sewing, and sewing, and sewing.So after I finish draping, I take a part of that mock up and I totally seam rip it and I re-pattern it, and then I cutout of my real fabric.(sewing machine)It is always really nerve-wracking cause a lot of times the fabric is all that you have,either the budget does not allow for you to get more fabric, or there is simply not anymore left.

It has this like box-like structure in it.The box is actually lined with horse-hair so that it can kind of take the shape and that is why I am kind of trying to like manipulate it right now cause it just takes on whatever shape you really need it to. The show, oh the show, Six days, and I am still cutting up fabric like, I don’t think that is normal.There is always going to be that last minute hurry up and finish like state of being. I have a picture in my mind about how this is supposed to go,but who knows if it actually go that way. I think that there can be a lot of different ways to read the look. Obviously you look for like the main things like color, silhouette, is this an evening piece, is this a day piece and you just kind of put the garment and choose certain categories and that really helps people read fashion out,by the time the piece is on the runway I am already thinking about a whole new collection and I am really thinking something totally different, but it does not really hit me that these people,for them it is the first time that they have seen this. I have spent months and months planning and sketching and putting it together. If I see all these different things in these pieces,but no one else does, then it is kind of sad,but then it is also part of what makes fashion art,is because people see it in so many different ways.(applause and cheering) We are in my home, studio, bedroom combination in Berkeley, California. I have this look from Project Runway Junior,which was the first episode, and this look for my most recent collection.They really mean a lot to me cause they show how much progress I have made within the last four, five months.

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