Q&A with FMDS Into the Wild Designer: KyleAnn Lilli

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Q: What academic year are you currently?
A: Sophomore

Q: What is your major?
A: Fashion Merchandising and Design

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

Q: Can you describe your style aesthetic?
A: Bohemian, laid back, loose

Q: What is your design process?
A: I didn’t even know how to sew before 3 months ago, I’m kind of winging it. I can sketch well so I sketch and go from there.

Q: How many looks are you creating for the show? Can you describe them?
A: I’m doing two looks; the 1st is a two piece night out fit – bandeau with matching high waisted pants or skirt, and the 2nd piece is a dress inspired by butterfly wings turned sideways

Q: What are you most excited about?
A: My mom is coming from NJ for the show, and to see it all be put together including the set, because I’ve never been to a fashion show before.

Q: What are your post-college goals?
A: This summer I have an internship with Cosmo, but my career goal is to be a fashion assistant; more editorial focused or a stylist for a photoshoot

Q: When did you first realize you wanted to design clothes?
A: I didn’t really know I wanted to do fashion, I just applied to school and applied with a random major and that happened to be FMD

Q: Who is your favorite designer, brand, or fashion house?
A: Urban Outfitters and Free People

Q: Where do you draw your inspiration from?
A: Other people, current trends, and I look at stuff that’s in and twist it and make it my own

Be sure to check out KyleAnn’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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