Designer Bio: Deron Shields

By: Rachel Handel Filed under: Fashion

September 1, 2015

Current Student (5th quarter), Associate of Applied Science, Fashion Design, The Art Institute of New York City.
"One of my favorite instructors, Mai Vu, always says ‘sometimes a literal inspiration doesn’t inspire good design.’ So now I’m able to really explore my ideas to help me create a new, fresh, and unique point of view.”

Deron Shields was raised by his grandmother in Baltimore, Maryland. She instilled in him a sense of ambition and determination while providing a stable and supportive environment where his singing and dancing talents flourished. Deron discovered a love for fashion while studying fashion sketching in an art class. He dove into creating prom dresses, costumes, and marching band uniforms—and soon found a position interning under local designers and sewing at a local sewing factory. 

“In a way, I have been preparing for this show since I was a young boy in Baltimore. Presenting my vision to the fashion industry is truly a dream come true, and I am savoring every moment,” he says.

Deron began his formal fashion studies Baltimore Community College, then moved to New York City to pursue his dream. There, he was cast as a sewing expert on Lifetime Television’s “24 Hour Catwalk,” showcasing his skills in front of industry greats including Alexa Chung, James LaForce, Cynthia Rowley, and Derek Blasberg. 

For his New York Fashion Week collection, “Concrete Rose,” Deron seeks to create an expressive and experimental look that reinterprets the classics while fusing together quality craftsmanship and whimsical silhouettes. His goal is to make women feel flawless with an ever present touch of glamour.

To create the collection, Deron relied on his inspiration to make something from nothing. “My design process involves creating textiles and fabrics and drawing inspiration from the art and nature—all that surrounds me becomes my inspiration,” he says.
He utilized the knowledge he’s gained thus far at The Art Institute of New York City to create the collection. “The classes, particularly Fundamentals of Design, Concept of Design, and Trend Forecasting taught me how to think about fashion conceptually and more outside the box.” Deron looks to designers Gianni Versace, Lie Sang Bong, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Vivienne Westwood for inspiration, as well as WGSN/Stylesight and Pintrest.

He recommends that current students practice their skills. “Perfect your craft and always be open to working hard and learning new things. [This] will put you at the forefront of innovative designers.”

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