Kelly Marie Rowe
Corporate Material Research and Development Associate for BCBGMAXAZRIA
The Art Institute of California—Hollywood, a campus of Argosy University
I really enjoy the fact that designers, departments, and people at my job depend on me and the work that I do. Kelly Marie Rowe , Corporate Material Research and Development Associate for BCBGMAXAZRIA Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design, 2013 , The Art Institute of California—Hollywood, a campus of Argosy University
Kelly Marie Rowe is a corporate material research and development associate for BCBGMAXAZRIA Group. She handles all incoming sample yardage for the runway and cut and sew knits divisions. She also assures that all samples meet BCBG standards. “I really enjoy the fact that designers, departments, and people at my job depend on me and the work that I do. One slip up at our level could cost the company [a lot] of money. My job is important to the overall production of garments to be sold,” Kelly says.
Kelly is proud to play a part in creating the company’s classic style. She communicates daily with foreign and domestic vendors to find new fabrics to show the design team . And she adds that outside of work, she was excited to create her best friend’s wedding dress—a garment that she calls “[her] most successful piece yet.” Kelly looks to nature for inspiration, but adds that she admires anyone who is able to pursue their dreams while keeping a smile on their face.
Kelly, who in 2013 earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design from The Art Institute of California— Hollywood, says that her education taught her the fundamentals of fabrics. “[Fabrics] are an entirely different beast. And even though I am not currently in a design position, I work very closely with my design teams.” Kelly says that because she earned a degree in Fashion Design, her input is sometimes requested from the design team. “[That] helps me with my future, as well.” She recommends that current students take the time to listen and learn. “Enjoy every moment of it. Good and bad.”
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