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Sydney Jones is a sophomore at Fordham University in The Bronx. She studies communications, but her real passion lies in a less stable, less attainable career field—fashion design. Check out her designs on Facebook and read what she’s all about below.
You’ve been designing since middle school. How have you changed since you started?
The way I’ve approached design has changed a lot. At first it was what was easiest to make, and now it’s actually what I want to make. It’s evolved more into my personal style more than what I could actually do.
What’s your personal style?
I would say it still has my Arizona aesthetic—like boho in a city.
Has living in New York City changed your design and/or personal style at all?
Yeah, it definitely has. A lot more black is involved [in my style] than there was before. It has kind of brought out more of my personal style [and] I feel more comfortable dressing like I do now. It feels like home dressing how I do here.
Does that reflect in your designs?
Yeah, it’s definitely changed. Especially in the fabric—lately I’ve been using a lot more
satin and jersey-knit versus cotton, which has definitely influenced the silhouettes I’m designing. They used to be more smock dresses, but now it’s a little more detailed, a little more pleated. A little more daring, I suppose.
You go to Fordham and weren’t studying design or fashion last time I talked to you. Do you want to pursue fashion as a career, now?
Yeah, I do. I’m a fashion studies minor and a communication major, so I essentially want to go into fashion still, but I want to be, like—I don’t necessarily want to be on the business side, but something more like writing for a website or something to that effect. Do you know of The Covateur [TheCovateur.com]?
That’s like my dream company to work for, just doing stuff like that. It’s still fashion, but not necessarily on the designing side. Kind of like fashion journalism, or even the business side of running The Covateur, just not designing. At least for now.
It is a difficult industry to break into, the fashion industry. Does that influence why you don’t necessarily want to pursue the design side of fashion as a career move?
Yeah, 100 percent. I guess could do that as a career move straight out of college, and I woud love to—that would be my number one goal. But it doesn’t feel realistic right at this time. There are so many [aspiring designers] out there and it requires so much money to get started up—it’s definitely a difficult industry to break into if you didn’t start somewhere else.
Do you see yourself designing in the future still? Even if it’s just a hobby?
Yeah. I still sew here at school and I love making clothes, so I don’t think I’ll ever stop doing that. But as a career in the near future, though, I don’t see it being promising.
What lures you to fashion design?
The concept of being able to express yourself through clothing without having to speak. It’s a nice art, in that sense.
Does any thing or person inspire your designs?
People like Alexa Chung or Gigi Hadid—I mean, everyone is following them right now. And I have a few blogs I follow where I get my design and personal style inspiration.
I’m obsessed with Song of Style—she was just in Phoenix. Also—I don’t know how you say her name—but Chiara Ferragni. She’s pretty high on the list. Sincerely Jules. I follow all of them on Instagram and Pinterest–that’s where I stalk peoples’ styles.
Spring trend you’re most excited about?
Super deep Vs. I just bought, like, three.
Brenna Bailey is an aspiring journalist, creator and student living in Tucson, Ariz. She loves the arts, sarcasm, social justice and singing (borderline yodeling) in her car. Catch her drinking obscene amounts of cold brew and writing in her natural habitat — any coffee shop.