As a designer, my hope is to take clothing—a normally unemotional object and give it sentiment. This process begins by doing research, understanding the object of my research well, and then designing a garment in a specific response to that research. Like writing a paper, there is a rough draft, in the fashion designer’s case that’s called a muslin. I make the garment with all the ideas I have and once it’s on the form—essentially in black and white, I can edit myself, change what I don’t like, or add what I think it’s missing. Usually my inspiration, before I begin the research process begins very visually. While I’m traveling, while in nature, reading a book or watching a movie, that’s when I get inspired and decided what I’m researching next. Designing evening wears is my favorite style to do, specifically bridal gowns because it allows for connectivity between the person and the pieces, a bridal gown is such an intimate part of a person’s life. So, this is my goal: for each garment, I make to tell a story.