Student Designers Take On Fashion Week

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"Budgeting is an individual thing. You have to think from the beginning what you want to spend on toile materials and other things," said Stephanie Gelot, who was raised in Canada.

"You can use scrap fabric that's donated. That helps cut down on the cost of what you can afford," Gelot added.

Jonathan David Baker purchased a majority of his materials for the show from a higher end retail fabric store in San Francisco. But for Baker, the most time intensive show preparation was not the material.

"Casting models is a huge part of the preparation, I was casting models up until the last day before the show," said Baker.

What's Next?

With collections complete and the Fashion Show over, the emerging designers are walking away from Fashion Week hoping the debut of their collections will lead to new opportunities.

The goal of the Fashion Week show for Holly Smith, who prior to pursuing a M.F.A. in Fashion Design at the Academy worked in product development at Coach, is to "find job opportunities."

For Baker, the fashion show is a huge contribution to his portfolio. "This is a great launching pad, especially if you want to do your own thing on a small scale."

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