Q&A with FMDS Into the Wild Designer: Joyce Kuang

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Q: What academic year are you currently?
A: Senior.

Q: What is your major?
A: I graduated with Biology last semester; I’m finishing Economics this semester; and next semester I’ll finish the Fashion Merchandising and Design major.

Q: How long have you been part of the show and what have you done?
A: 1st year designing.

Q: Can you describe your style aesthetic?
A: Timeless classic with modern foundation and a splash of femininity.

Q: What is your design process or inspiration?
A: I come up with a concept board, go look for fabric first because it is more time effective, come up with styles depending on the fabric that is available, design a pattern, cut, and assemble.

Q: How many looks are you creating for the show? Can you describe them?
A: They’re not body conforming, flowy covering, 1st is a floor length skirt with laser cut floral design and the next is a very textured floral train with thermochrome pigments in it so its temperature sensitive and changes colors with the temperature.

Q: What are you most excited about with Into the Wild?
A: I’m excited to see the end product, everyone’s efforts and seeing all the other designs

Q: What are you post college plans?
A: I definitely want to be in fashion working on my own brand. I’m participating in a fashion show in Charlotte this summer called “Fashionology” with 12 looks.

Q: Do you see yourself being a women’s only designer?
A: Yes

Q: When did you know you wanted to design?
A: I first realized I wanted to design clothes when I was 8, because my whole family sews. My dad grew up sewing because he grew up in a little village in China, and you had to sew to eat. It was neat how it was passed down in family and my skills came from their knowledge. It was something special because I could do it with my parents.

Be sure to check out Joyce Kuang’s designs on the Into the Wild runway on April 12, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. in Squires Student Center’s Commonwealth Ballroom. Buy your tickets here: http://www.campuslife.vt.edu/tickets/events_and_tickets/index.html

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