Today, we had an interview with our awesome sample maker, and designer himself, Christian Mendoza!
Christian’s been in the fashion industry for over 18 years! Yes, 18 years… you’ll definitely love what he has to say
S: Tell me a little about your background. Where are you from, and where did you attend school?
C: I was born and raised in sunny Los Angeles. I attended school at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. Aside from freelancing, my designs specialize in high-end and luxury evening wear.
S: What does fashion mean to you?
C: (Chuckles). Hmmm.. Nothing! Just kidding!! It’s such a general question, but for me, Fashion means clothing, craftsmanship, detail, and style.
S: When did you realize you wanted to pursue a career in fashion?
C: Probably when I was about 7 years old. Since I was little, I’d always make and sew heart shaped pillows for my family. I was born into a family that has worked in fashion for a very long time. I grew up around it, and my mother definitely had a great impact on that.
S: How long does it take for you to construct a piece?
C: Normally, from the pattern to the sample, it would take a minimum of 3 days. I’ve made gowns where it took me over a month to complete. It all depends on the complexity and detail of every piece.
S: What colors and fabrics do you love working with?
C: My ultimate favorite color is green, but I love working with earthy tones like brown, blue, black, gray and yellow (just to name a few). Fabrics — I love lace.. especially beaded lace, tweed, wool, and knits. However, my favorite thing to do is to buy different types of fabrics, cut them, and create new fabrics of my own.
S: What are some of your greatest accomplishments?
C: I’ve done custom gowns for celebrities, costumes for a concert tour (which was awesome), costumes for film, and I have also done some pieces for celebrity weddings.
S: Who are your favorite designers that inspire you?
C: Gianni Versace, Tom Ford, Valentino, Edith Head, and Adrian.
S: What other experiences do you have in the fashion industry?
C: I’ve done styling, and costumes. I also worked for Louis Vuitton for visual merchandising, and I was the west coast Regional Merchandiser for Max Mara.
S: What advice do you have to give for aspiring designers?
C: NEVER GIVE UP!! You must always put a lot of effort, and dedication. Of course you have to passionate about what you’re doing as well. Love what you do.
We hope you enjoyed this interview with Christian, and hopefully it’s inspiring to you. Interviewing him myself has even inspired me!
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