By: EOU Contributor
Designer Andrea Neill Tests the game of luck in pursuing her career in fashion.
When did you first realize you wanted to pursue a career as a designer?
I first realized I wanted to pursue a career in fashion when I was in high school. I went to try on prom dresses and couldn’t find any of the ones I had like in my size. Instead, they would’ve made me pay even more to get it custom ordered for myself. So, I ended up playing the game of luck with buying a dress from an online retailer. I realized then and there that I wanted to create couture gowns that were more easily accessible to women of any size and walk of life. You shouldn’t have to have a ton of money and be really tiny to get the dress of your dreams. The dress of your dreams should be made to fit you.
What was the biggest rookie mistake you made when just starting out?
My biggest rookie mistake was almost letting my failures define me. When I didn’t get into Omaha Fashion Week the first time, it completely ate away at me from the inside; I almost decided to give up right then and there. But thanks to the help and support of my amazing friends, family, and mentors I decided that it was completely irrational to do that. I then went to create my mini-collection “Blossom” for the July 2018 RAW Artist’s Showcase in the matter of two months.
How is working in fashion different today than from when you started out?
When I first began to realize my dream, the fashion industry was very streamlined and almost felt like everyone was trying to fit into the “cookie cutter” mold. Everyone was trying so hard to be the next big thing in the industry and lost their voices along the way. Now it has almost done a full 180 to where everyone is back to using their own voices in their work again. They are focusing more on the styles and strengths that make them unique compared to everyone else. It inspires me more and more every day to try and stay true to my voice and produce the designs I feel inspired to put out instead of trying to fit the mold