CollegeFashionista Chats With CFDA Scholars

CollegeFashionista loves supporting young designers; which is why we were thrilled to partner with Council of Fashion Designers of America to showcase three very talented young designers; Amanda Tran (Liz Claiborne Design Scholar), Eileen Pappas (Geoffrey Beene Scholar) and Jesse Rhoads (Teen Vogue Scholar). These three influencers are the lucky winners of CFDA's annual scholarships and we caught up with them to hear about their experience with CFDA and plans post college. 

Amanda Tran

CollegeFashionista: Where do you attend college?

Amanda Tran: I go to the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA.

CF: Where are you originally from?

AT: I'm from Houston, Texas.

CF: Where do you see yourself in one year? In five years?

AT: A year from now, I see myself walking at graduation! In five years, I see myself as an accomplished woman who is working in the fashion industry and who can support her parents and herself.

CF: What CFDA designer inspires you the most and why?

AT: Honestly, each CFDA designer has inspired me at some point in my life and has built a world of limitless creativity and inspiration. Lately, I have been really inspired by Philip Lim's women's wear collection, especially his latest Spring collection. There's a sophistication and timeless touch to his work and I admire him for that.

Eileen Pappas

CollegeFashionista: Where do you attend college?

EP: Parsons The New School For Design in New York City.

CF: Where are you originally from?

EP: I was born and raised in Athens, Greece.

CF: Do you have a defining moment when you knew you wanted to be a designer?

EP: After finishing my second year of medical school in 2008, I decided to take the summer Fashion Intensive course at Parsons.  A month of living and breathing fashion, being able to sleep only on weekends and still loving every minute of it made me realize this was it for me.

CF: Which celebrity or fashion icon would you someday want to dress?

EP: Tilda Swinton.

Jesse Rhoads

CollegeFashionista: Where do you attend college? Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA.

JR: Where are you originally from? Pittsburgh, PA.

CF: Where do you see yourself in one year? In five years?

JR: In the next year I plan to explore design opportunities throughout the industry, while continuing to develop my skills as a designer. My goal is to parlay these experiences down the road into my own collection, made for men who have an understanding of country roots, an appreciation for art, travel and city life, as well as a well-crafted garment made in the USA.

CF: Do you have a defining moment when you knew you wanted to become a designer?

JR: I can’t put my finger on an exact moment, but it was instilled in me as a child. Growing up in my father’s woodshop I was always trying to bring my ideas to life with wood and other materials. Eventually I started experimenting on my mother’s sewing machine and learning to knit.

CF: Which celebrity or fashion icon would you someday want to dress? 

JR: Johnny Depp. He obviously relates to both categories, and his eclectic mix of layers and accessories provide unique updates to classic menswear.

photo (Amanda Tran, Eileen Pappas, Jesse Rhoads)

 

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