interview: Stephanie J Green
She’s a 17 year old fashion designer making waves in the industry ever since she made her very own homecoming dress, entirely out of newspaper. (See her Newspaper Collection 2011 here). Why newspaper? It was a material that was readily available.
“The material wasn’t too hard to keep in tact once I figured out the beauty of packing tape,” she says. So much so, Stephanie even bought a roll of it with her to her homecoming occasion, just to be sure. Featured in the LA Times last year, this marked the discovery of her love for fashion and it hasn’t stopped since.
More recently, Stephanie set her creative eye on her prom dress, inspired by Valentino, red for the skirt with a black princess bodice and McQueen for the rosettes on the skirt to give a three dimensional look.
Other then her own personal collection, Stephanie’s designs are expanding to other fellow fashion lovers. “I love to combine color with elegance in my designs”, she says, and it really does show.
So as an inspirational young designer of the female kind, it was a pleasure to connect with Stephanie and bring you some of her thoughts as an exciting human being, outside of her work. Here’s what she had to say…
How often do you experience deja vu?
I experience deja vu whenever I am sleep deprived. Although, you experience it in your everyday routine. You go to school or work, eat, sleep, etc. Then you repeat the same process again the next day. I would consider that unconscious deja vu!
Do you have an ‘innie’ or ‘outie’?
I definitely love my ‘innie’ belly button because it makes me ticklish. I don’t think I would have that funny feeling without my ‘innie’.
If you could be anything for one day, what would you be?
I would be me 20 years from now, just so I know that everything will be OK after high school/college.
Where do lost balloons float to?
Lost balloons join the rest of the lost balloon population up in the bright blue sky. Then they pop and colorful paint of all colors rain down on me!
How would you explain the world to someone who couldn’t see?
Whatever you want it to be. You create your own world. Love your world with all your heart.
What tabs might we find in your internet browser?
Blogger, LOOKBOOK, mail, twitter, facebook, weardrobe, and FIRST Robotics.
Why, for the love of mustard, are there never enough hot dog buns?
For the love of mustard, there are never enough hot dog buns since corn dogs were invented!
If you weren’t doing what you are now, what would your second choice be?
My second choice instead of fashion design would be electrical engineering. I’ve been the electrical girl on my Robotics Team for 3 years. It is like surgery with wire instead of veins and arteries.
What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about my fashion design career as well as my robotics team. My robotics team is my second family and I will do anything to help them as much as possible. My passion for fashion glows with each new design. I have worked incredibly hard this year to have my name put out there. Being a designer at such a young age of 17, is a great accomplishment!
What does being creative mean to you?
Being creative gives me a way to express myself when words do no good. I can draw a beautiful outfit or gown based on a single thought or emotion. I can mix colors to show my interpretation of a certain source of inspiration. Creativity does not stress my brain like calculus or endless essays. I just let my mind go!
What is your ultimate dream career?
To have my very own high end label like Chanel. I admire Coco for all that she believed in. I wish to become a great designer like her.
Do you see yourself there in 5 years time?
I definitely see myself partway there in five years. Will I be there all the way? How would I know? I could only hope to be.
Thanks to Stephanie and we look forward to hearing about your future adventures!