Samantha De La Fuente
Apparel/Technical Designer, Dynasty Apparel Corporation
Miami International University of Art & Design
[My education] prepared me in the sense of developing a great work ethic, meeting deadlines, being on time, and most importantly understanding the design process and being able to work with different types of personalities. Samantha De La Fuente , Apparel/Technical Designer, Dynasty Apparel Corporation Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design, 2015 , Miami International University of Art & Design
Samantha De La Fuente is an apparel and technical designer for Dynasty Apparel Corporation in Miami, Florida. She’s a men’s and youth and sports licensed apparel designer for Major League Baseball (MLB) and private labels. Samantha also researches and builds seasonal collections that follow key concepts, fashion trends, and design aesthetics for brand development. “I designed the ‘Stitches 2018’ line and presented it at the [Florida] Marlins’ baseball park to the sales team and MLB licensing division,” she says.
Prior to joining Dynasty Apparel, Samantha interned with Eduardo de las Casas, Julian Chang, Gottex Swimwear, and ArtNexux Magazine. “Every day is different [in fashion]. There is always a lot to be done. We design collections, make tech packs, work on submittals, create graphics, and catalogs.”
Samantha believes in the power of networking to land a job in the industry. She also sought assistance from the career services team at Miami International University of Art & Design to find her first job. “I am the type of person that is not satisfied until I reach my goals. Aside from working as a designer for a company, I am also working on my own collection and entering competitions to get my name out there.”
She worked full time while creating a 12-look presentation that was shown at Charleston, South Carolina Fashion Week. “To see my collection walk down that runway was such an amazing experience! I also won the ‘People’s Choice Award’ that night. It was one of the best nights of my life!” Samantha plans to move to Asia to build her professional career.
Samantha, who in 2015 earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design from Miami International University of Art & Design, says that her education helped her to build a strong work ethic. “[It also instilled the importance of] meeting deadlines, being on time, understanding the design process, and being able to work with different types of personalities.”
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