New York Fashion Week is fast approaching. This year 12 Art Institutes designers will show collections during the New York Fashion Week schedule. They like all the designers are in the midst of finalizing seating charts, conducting model castings and managing the most minute details for a smooth show. Challenging. Exciting. Nerve-wracking. This is how the 12 Art Institutes designers describe their experience as they prepare to show their first collections at New York Fashion Week.
The designers, from across The Art Institutes system of schools, were born as far away as Iran, Vietnam, and Haiti. Yet each shares a common bond—a love of fashion and the determination to pull together a collection within a demanding time frame.
The designers are both current students and recent graduates—and for most, this is their very first trip down the runway. This event can be a career-defining moment. A chance to transform the way others think about fashion. And the opportunity to associate their names with New York’s most prestigious fashion show.
Meet #AiNYFW Designer Stephanie Castanon
Stephanie is a Los Angeles native who grew up in Spring Hill, Florida. She first explored her creativity by painting landscapes in high school. “I became moved by the idea of taking this [painting] concept and creating wearable artwork with fabric as my medium,” she says.
In 2012, Stephanie entered the Charlene Parsons Design Competition and won. In the years since, she’s earned second place in the 2013 Diet Coke Young Designer Challenge, won the Perry Ellis Award for womenswear during Miami Swim Week 2015, and was selected to present her designs in a fashion show sponsored by McDonald’s. The designs were created entirely out of McDonald’s packaging and were featured on sites including “Seventeen,” “The Daily Mail,” and “US Weekly.”
In a recent interview Stephanie talked about her creative process in preparation for New York Fashion Week stating that the “biggest challenge is trying to maintain a balance between putting in enough time to perfect each garment and time itself—it tends to slip away pretty quickly.”
Stephanie is one of 12 designers showing from the Art Institute in New York. The show will take place on February 16, 2016 at 8:30 pm at Skylight at Moynihan Station.