Local emerging fashion label, WRITTEN Apparel, to return to the place where it all began as guest designer for the Kirkwood Community College Apparel Merchandising Fashion Show: Diamond In The Ruffle.
Challenging the idea that one needs a diploma from a fancy design institution, WRITTEN Founder and Creative Director, Emily Carlson, bucks the norm and paves her own path.
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – April 1, 2017 – Cedar Rapids based womenswear designer, Emily Carlson of WRITTEN Apparel, is preparing to show off how her talent and women’s fashion designs as a part of the Kirkwood Apparel Merchandising Fashion Show. Seems fitting as Carlson was a student of the very same program hosting the event and responsible for kick starting her career in fashion just a few short years ago.
“I didn’t take the typical or conventional path with my college career,” Carlson explains. “I was working for a very large insurance and investment corporation and was miserable.” That’s when Carlson decided to switch career paths and pursue something she had been passionate about all her life…fashion. “I enrolled in the Kirkwood Apparel Merchandising & Design Program knowing that I would get out what I put into it; knowing myself, I knew that would be everything I had.”
Through the program, Carlson credits learning the ins and outs of retail, how to follow and predict trends, and how to price, sketch, and develop a full clothing line. “Kirkwood’s program gave me the fundamentals…paired with my work ethic and thirst for fashion industry knowledge, I have gotten to where I am today,” Carlson states. “I have kept in close contact with the head of the Apparel program, Jessica Santillan and have brainstormed with her ideas on how to grow enrollment in this fabulous program…I believe in it that much.”
It is this belief in the program that has brought Carlson back to this year’s fashion show at Kirkwood. “I don’t believe that you have to go to a fancy design school to make it in the fashion industry…it is 110% about persistence, mindset, and networking,” Carlson states. “I’m very excited to be coming back to present at this year’s Kirkwood Apparel Merchandising Fashion Show. It’s a wonderful opportunity to participate in an event that was very influential in my development as a designer and also to continue to be a role model for others that are and hope to pursue a career in fashion.”
Emily and WRITTEN will be featured as the Local Business Spotlight in this year’s show, however, many student designers and local retailers are participating, as well, while giving student models of all shapes and sizes the opportunity to strut their stuff. Carlson, who is determined to create a globally desired and respected fashion brand from Iowa, specializes in the design of statement pencil skirts, but plans to expand into additional womenswear items for the Fall 2017 season.
WRITTEN Apparel will be showing a comprehensive collection of past and present designs including the latest from the Spring 2017 Collection. The show is put on entirely by Kirkwood students enrolled in the Fashion Show Procedures course. This year’s theme has been named “Diamond In The Ruffle” and will take place at The Hotel at Kirkwood Center on Sunday, April 9th. Admission is free with doors opening at 4:30pm and the fashion show scheduled to begin at 5:00pm. More information can be found by contacting email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org .
The next time Emily’s designs will take the stage will be on July 7th by way of custom costumes created for Alisabeth Von Presley’s summer performance at Uptown Friday Nights. More information can be found at: http://www.uptownfridaynights.com/2017—july-07.html