A Day in the Life of an Emerging Designer

At the young age of twenty-one, designer Theresa Truong will participate in her second Sacramento Fashion Week, specifically the Spring/Summer showcase.  This year will be a little different for Truong as she is making the leap from the student showcase to the main event! It’s a big and exciting step for the Sacramento designer, who is also studying Fashion Merchandising and Design with a minor in Business Administration at California State University in Sacramento. To say she’s busy would be putting it lightly! Despite balancing school, work, and adding the finishing touches to her collection, Theresa still kindly invited us into her home for a behind the scenes look into her life leading up to fashion week.IMG_0691 IMG_0692 IMG_4248When did you first get involved in fashion design? I’ve always been interested in fashion design ever since I was a little kid, but my first real design experiences were when I was 15 years old when I made my prom dress and when I made a dress out of all my first place swimming ribbons when I was 16. My very first fashion show was the SFA fashion show in 2013 when I was 18 years old.

How would you describe your recent line for Sacramento Fashion Week? I would describe my line as an edgy take on resort-wear. There is lots of vegan leather and tropical patterns.

Where did you draw inspiration from for it? I drew my inspiration from the islands of Indonesia. A majority of my printed fabrics are gorgeous finds that my mom brought back for me from a visit to the tropical islands.

What were you doing two hours ago? What’s your typical day like leading up to fashion week? I was eating breakfast while cutting up a dress 2 hours ago. A typical day of mine leading up to fashion week is full of last-minute alterations on my pieces, while also sending out emails and getting mentally prepared for the madness that is to come.

How would you describe your personal style? My personal style is edgy, trendy, and experimental. I love pairing staple pieces, like high-rise jeans and tee shirts, with fun statement items such as a fur-trimmed leather jacket or a big chunky necklace.

Any general tips for aspiring designers out there? My main tips are to not be afraid of putting yourself out there and to surround yourself with supportive people who believe in you. I was beyond terrified to apply to design for my first show but I had friends who pushed me to do it, and for that I am forever grateful. My first time watching my collection go down the runway was the most exhilarating moment that I can remember. The feeling of joy and pride after seeing what you worked hard to create is worth all the long hours, sleepless nights, and stress that go along with it.IMG_0686Be sure to catch Theresa’s spring/summer collection at 6pm tonight at the 10th Annual Sacramento Fashion Week.