Rosaline Matos

Fashion Design

Head Designer and Owner of Rosee and Babee
The Art Institute of California—Inland Empire, a campus of Argosy University

Alumni Rosaline Matos

[My education] exposed me to everything from sketching designs, pattern-making, cutting, and sewing my own samples to learning how to design a cohesive collection. Rosaline Matos , Head Designer and Owner of Rosee and Babee
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design , 2014 , The Art Institute of California—Inland Empire, a campus of Argosy University
Head Designer and Owner of Rosee and Babee

Rosaline Matos is the head designer and owner of her own brand, the Rosee and Babee vintage-inspired clothing line. She sketches rough and detailed drawings of apparel or accessories and writes specifications to bring them from concept to creation. Rosaline also works on design, pattern-making, cutting, and sewing garments, hair accessories, hand-crafted pillbox hats, fascinators, and other vintage styled hats. A typical day includes designing a new look, then making the first sample and working on fittings.

She started her brand before graduation—meeting with local boutiques to show them her products. Rosaline left the meetings with orders for skirts, dresses, and hair bows. “The confidence in my work and my determination to succeed enabled me to establish a business relationship with three boutiques that currently carry my products in their store.”

She recommends that students remain positive and have faith in their abilities—all while learning from criticism. Rosaline adds that she faced her first challenge in the industry while she was still a student. “It took me almost one quarter just to learn how to operate an industrial sewing machine because of how fast and powerful they are.” Rosaline explains that fashion is a fast-paced industry that requires commitment and dedication. “I've always given it all I have. Prior to graduating, I would come to campus daily and even on the weekends to ensure that all of my work was always completed—and to take the adequate time to ensure that my garments were sewn nice and neat. Being in this field does require a high level of commitment in order to be successful, however it is doable and enjoyable. As tedious as it might be, the outcome is always rewarding.”

Rosaline inspires creativity at her workplace by praising employees’ good work and hard efforts. “I know that this has helped me to develop my employees’ self worth and confidence, and enabled them to always turn in accurate and precise work.”

Rosaline’s responsibilities also include planning and collaborating with photographers, videographers, models, makeup artists, and hair stylists for photo shoots. She’s volunteered in dressing and styling for fashion shows at The Art Institute of California—Inland Empire and has also been part of LAFW (Los Angeles Fashion Week) Design Competition and Nikki Jean Magazine Fashion shows. She’s highly inspired by the 1940s and 1950s and enjoys incorporating classic design silhouettes into her works. To create illustrations, she uses Photoshop, Illustrator, and In Design.

Rosaline, who in 2014 earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design from The Art Institute of California—Inland Empire, says that the school provided the foundation needed to start her own clothing brand. “[It] exposed me to everything from sketching designs, pattern-making, cutting, and sewing my own samples to learning how to develop concepts. [It showed me how to find] inspiration that allowed me to design a cohesive collection. I learned about color and what colors work together and how to enhance a collection by using pops of color.”

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