Sample Maker for Designer Michael Costello
The Art Institute of California—San Diego, a campus of Argosy University
What I enjoy the most about my career is the satisfaction of making someone feel confident and beautiful. Karla Franco , Sample Maker for Designer Michael Costello Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design, 2014 , The Art Institute of California—San Diego, a campus of Argosy University
Karla Franco is working as a sample maker for designer Michael Costello in Los Angeles, California. She’s responsible for constructing garments, patternmaking, fittings, and creating samples. “My typical work day consists of making samples for Michael Costello that [are] showcased in different fashion shows around the world. I usually make one to two samples of gowns or other garments a day.”
She adds that she’s proud to have won The Art Institute of California—Los Angeles’ fashion show and landed a job with a notable fashion designer. “I get inspired everywhere I go, but what I get most inspired from are all the cultures I get exposed to. I also love getting inspired by different geometric shapes. Many of my designs are composed of triangular patterns.” Her artistic hero is Frida Kahlo, who Karla describes as “the best example of someone who believed in herself and expressed her emotions through her art—even her toughest moments.”
Karla, who in 2014 earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design from The Art Institute of California—San Diego, says that her education provided essential knowledge for her career. “It educated me on all the basics and technical skills I needed to become a successful designer.” She adds that current students should be well versed in social media and its ability to showcase fashion to a wide audience. “I believe that the internet can be a double edged sword. It affects designers positively in show casing our work but it can also affect it us by increasing competition. Anyone can just post anything in their social media and knock off designs, but overall it's great as it creates opportunity. Competition is a great way to motivate us [to do] our best.”
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