[MUSIC PLAYING] JUSTINE LEE: I really like working with my hands. I feel like it really gives you a good sense of the finished product that you're actually going to be making. I like to draw a lot of my patterned pieces out just on paper to get a feeling for size and see if it looks good with the rest of my pieces.
We've been working on developing ideas for the collection for I'd say over a year now. We had a class last semester that worked with developing concepts for the show and themes for our collections. My aesthetic has been pretty consistent the past few years. So all the things that I'm doing now are sort of a culmination of everything that I've worked towards.
I have a really minimalist aesthetic, so I like straight lines, things that are very linear and clean and streamlined. There are a couple of minimalist artists who I really like. I really like Sol Lewitt and Robert Morris. And I also usually get inspiration from architecture, things that are very modern and rectilinear.
The biggest benefit from this besides putting together a whole collection that is completely personalized is that really teaches you time management. So you have to focus on arranging fittings with models, dealing with when you're going to your fabric, everything from styling hair and makeup to shoes to bracelets and then the collection itself. It's really a lot of work, but I think it's taught me a lot about making decisions quickly and figuring out how to make the best collection that I possibly can.
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For creating her own line of convertible and sustainable apparel and accessories for women, fashion design major Justine Lee, Class of 2014, received a $30,000 Geoffrey Beene National Scholarship from the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund.
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