Fashion Week Q&A with Alejandra Insunsa

By: Rachel Handel Filed under: Fashion

January 28, 2016

Alejandra Insunsa, an Arizona native, joined the United States Marine Corps after high school and served for four years in North Carolina. “In my younger years, I dreamed of being a fashion designer. I would share it with my classmates when asked. I am not sure if the idea was funny or [if] nobody believed in me—[but in my small town] everyone would giggle about it,” she says.

Becoming a Marine allowed Alejandra to move out of her small town and dream big. After serving, she decided to pursue her goal of studying fashion design. Alejandra is a current student at The Art Institute of Phoenix, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design.

“When designing, I love challenging myself to create my visions. I experiment with silhouettes resulting in sculptural, feminine, and oversized silhouettes with a mix of textural fabrics.”

Describe your collection for New York Fashion Week.

My collection is simple and modern with a futuristic concept.

What inspired you as you worked through the creative process?

My inspiration came from the idea of innovation—transitioning from an existing past to a new future that will evolve within time. I explored different silhouettes in my sketchbook and then researched different fabrics until I got it right—creating that effortless architectural look I envisioned.

How did your Fashion Design education help you?

The Art Institute of Phoenix helped me to identify myself as a designer. I started this program with very little information about the fashion industry. All I knew was that I wanted to learn how to create unique and memorable garments.

Now, I have gained confidence and the skills to bring my vision to life. As I am creating this collection, I get flashbacks of my instructors lecturing me on the importance of marking notches or the importance of basting something first. I believe all these little details will remain with me as I continue to grow as a designer. I am very grateful for that.

What’s a day look like in your life now?

A typical day for me as I prepare for the runway event [involves the challenge of] balancing and completing tasks. The way I see it, every hour makes quite a difference and there is no time to waste.

Another challenge for me is my fabric choice. From the beginning of my design process, I knew I was going to be challenged by this neoprene fabric, but I decided to listen to my gut and still go for it. I have always liked to challenge myself and creating this collection has been a huge learning experience. I’m also experiencing "expect the unexpected" moments. Needless to say, I am really enjoying the ride.

What advice would you give to aspiring designers and students?

My best advice for aspiring fashion design students is to always stay focused and enjoy every moment in the process.

Which designers, blogs, or publications do you follow?

I admire many designers but the ones that truly inspire me are Cristobal Balenciaga and Andre Courreges. I also explore on Instagram—it is is a great way for me to find people from all over the world who share their experiences in life. I think it's an amazing way to get inspiration.

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By: Rachel Handel Filed under: Fashion

January 28, 2016

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