My education at The Art Institute of Charlotte prepared me for my career by showing me the elements of garment construction one stitch at a time. Kimani Morrison Associate of Applied Science in Fashion Design, 2016 , The Art Institute of Charlotte, a branch of Miami International University of Art & Design
Designed 10 Looks for the 2018 Lebo’s Catalog
Kimani Morrison is a seamstress for the Lebo’s Dance Wear Division and is responsible for costume design, cutting, pattern making and sewing. Each day includes organizing and preparing orders for production. She says that she works quickly to turn around orders in a timely manner.
A positive attitude helped her to overcome a challenge soon after graduation—when she needed a nudge to realize her potential. “My admissions advisor pushed me right out of being scared and had me start doing alterations. This helped me be a better communicator and express my talent. I was no longer afraid to work with someone or afraid that my talent wasn’t good enough. I learned that sometimes you have to step outside of your comfort zone to achieve your greatest potential and to be confident in yourself and your work.”
Kimani explains that a fashion career requires dedication. “I am a full-time designer even when I am not at my job. When I get out of work, I turn around and go home to work on custom orders of my own. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication because fashion never sleeps and everyone is always looking for the next best thing to wear.”
She works in a creative environment that is free-flowing and “every designer’s dream.” Kimani adds that she was recently given a promotion and the opportunity to design 10 looks in the 2018 Lebo’s catalog. “This made me realize that I was on the right track with my career and that all of the sleepless nights and tough assignments were worth it.”
Kimani, who in 2016 earned an Associate of Applied Science in Fashion Design from The Art Institute of Charlotte, says that her education prepared me for a fashion career. “I learned to create patterns and was taught the reality of design. This prepared me for the fashion world.”