By Amber Surdam/Stephens Senior With an array of beautiful prom gowns designed and in the process of being made, Brittany Gobel is getting ready for The Collections, the annual student designer fashion show, this spring.
But it’s far from her first experience with the runway. In addition to her previous Stephens’ runway experiences, she was involved in a couple of fashion shows this past summer while interning at Janay A Handmade, an eco-friendly wedding dress design company, in Kansas City. After completing that internship, Gobel decided that she enjoyed it so much, she wanted to focus her talents on creating prom gowns without using traditional materials.
“I’m straying from shiny fabrics like chiffon, Georgette, charmeuse, velvet and silk organza,” she said. Instead she is using taffeta, tulle, cotton sateen and muslin. Her target consumers are high school students and females 15 to 20.
When she first started as an intern, her employer asked her if she preferred patterning, drafting the design on paper or sewing. Gobel, a fashion design major, liked sewing. At Janay A Handmade, she cut and sewed fabrics, helped with fittings, and organized patterns. During the fashion shows this summer, she helped the models get into the gowns and made sure there were not any abnormalities before they went on stage.
The internship was a success. Gobel was offered a job with Janay A Handmade, and she plans to relocate to Kansas City after she graduates in May.
From West Plains, Mo., Gobel came to Stephens because she wanted to study fashion design. When she first started, she had an idea of what a fashion designer did. She thought they came up with the designs and then sent the fabric somewhere to be made. Since her time at Stephens, Gobel discovered that a designer works with a team, and they put together the components of the line.
For as long as she can remember, she’s been drawing clothes, and that’s all she’s ever wanted to do. She knew fashion was her calling.
Gobel even loses sleep if she runs into problems with garments not fitting or looking how she wanted, but said she’s learning every day. A great fashion designer, she said, is able to handle stress and can make deadlines.
Ultimately, Gobel hopes to move to New York someday and start an online business.
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