Fashion School: College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI
Future Fashion Professional: Nicole Jarecz
Graduation Year: May, 2010
Hometown: Clinton Township, MI
NIF: Why fashion?
NJ: I love fashion because it keeps me motivated to be a better artist. There is always so many new things to discover. It influences my illustration work and just makes me excited to work as an illustrator and designer with all of the endless possibilities it offers.
NIF: When/how did you first realize you had a passion for fashion? How did you get into illustration specifically?
NJ: I became interested in fashion in high school when I started to read a few fashion magazines. I found the photography very interesting as well as how fashion was shown as an artform. At first when I applied to college I wanted to be in Advertising Design. One of my teachers in high school who also taught at my college told me I would be a perfect fit in Illustration. After taking a look at the student work, it really inspired me to become an illustrator as well…so that’s how I ended up in Illustration…and I love it!
NIF: What is your favorite element of the fashion industry? (ex: product, designer, career, store…)
NJ: I am very interested in the design aspect of fashion. I love to see the process of start to finish of a garment from the developmental stage to the physical design on the model.
NIF: What is your proudest accomplishment thus far in your life?
NJ: There isn’t one specific thing that stands out to me. But, I’m starting to feel like my work is finally coming together after four long years of college and I feel accomplished about that.
NIF: What are the top 3 reasons you chose to attend this school and would you recommend this school to someone looking to eventually work in the fashion industry?