Alumni Stories

Carolina Hernandez

Carolina Hernandez

[In school], I learned to [follow] patterns and how to manipulate fabric to create texture. I also learned how to design based on the principles of symmetry, line, scale, and proportion. Carolina Hernandez , Owner, Veteran Couture Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design, 2014 , The Art Institute of California—San Diego, a campus of Argosy University
Carolina Hernandez is the owner of Veteran Couture, a company that designs ready to wear and couture designs for men and women. She also creates “costumes and avant garde masterpieces.” Carolina is a United States Navy veteran who continues to serve as a reservist. She adds that she keeps herself challenged in her profession by never taking “no” for an answer. “I believe the opportunity is in my hands. My ultimate goal is to be internationally known and be able to teach others how to get there.”

She began sewing when she was 16 years old and living in Mexico. But it wasn’t until she started school that she learned how to follow patterns, manipulate fabric, and design on the principles of symmetry, line, scale, and proportion. Today, she uses those skills to brainstorm designs and fabrics. “Then I start drafting patterns. I make samples and make any alterations to the pattern, then cut and sew the garment. Every project is different and requires different steps during the process.”

Carolina explains that fashion is a non-stop commitment. She takes every opportunity she has to showcase her work and meet new people within the industry. She also surrounds herself with other creative people, including photographers, models, and make up artists. “The industry is very competitive but it’s also open to people to be creative and develop their own style. I still make mistakes but I have improved so much. You have to keep going.”

Carolina, who in 2014 earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design from The Art Institute of California—San Diego, says that her education taught her a full range of skills that she could not have learned on her own. “I learned how to design and how to do digital work in Photoshop and Illustrator.” 

Now, she enjoys seeing her designs come to life and likes to view her work in portfolios and magazines. She’s excited about her future and is proud to have moved to Los Angeles to become her own boss. “I say to myself, ‘I know I can do it. I have what it takes and will finish what I started.’”

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