It’s always so refreshing to meet young people with big dreams, especially when their smiles are just as big. That’s why we’re so inspired by our dear friend, Kerry McGauley. This St. Louis native is a midwest girl with a big city mentality, and a flare for fashion. Majoring in Apparel Design and Technology, Kerry has dreams of one day designing her own clothing line and by the looks of what she’s already accomplished (check out her website here), we’re putting our names on the waiting list. Two flower crowns for us please! We sat down with Kerry and learned a little bit more about her dreams and aspirations and hope that her drive will inspire you to also do what you love. Here’s what she had to say!
How long have you been designing and making clothing?
I started making clothes with the help of my mom at age 12. My mom had always sewn matching outfits for my sisters and I growing up which sparked my interest in fashion at a young age.
As a designer, what inspires you?
I am constantly being inspired by everything around me, whether it’s a photograph I took while traveling, a unique piece of jewelry, or the colors of leaves during the change of season. I also love wandering the aisles of fabric stores and seeing what hues, textures, or prints will catch my eye.Where do you see yourself in ten years and even beyond?
In 10 years I would love to be working as a designer in New York City. I’d like to design for other fashion design companies or style at a magazine in their fashion department, but my ultimate dream is to have my own clothing line. What has been your favorite fashion experience so far in your life?
This past summer I interned with Alice+Olivia in their design department and worked very closely with their bead-wear designer. I assisted her on a number of projects, but the highlight was creating a hand-beaded overlay that will be sewn onto a gown for their first ever gown collection. As an intern, it was thrilling to be given this responsibility and trusted to make design decisions on my own. What’s your go to outfit?
For everyday, I stick with my favorite dark wash jeans, cuffed at the hem, with a neutral blouse and suede ankle booties. I’ll top it off with my favorite wine colored infinity scarf and a gold cocktail ring.
What three staple items should every woman/fashionista own?
A well-fitted pair of straight, dark wash jeans, a tailored blazer, and (not to sound cliche) a perfect little black dress that flatters your figure. Who’s your style icon?
I’m a huge fan of Olivia Palermo. I love how she experiments with current trends but always looks classy and sophisticated.
Arm party or statement necklace?
I love both, just not at the same time! Arm party when looking to add some color and a statement necklace to jazz up a boring neckline. Favorite blogs or websites?
I’m addicted to street style blogs, primarily the Sartorialist and the Street Chic section on Elle.com. I also love Style.com to get the latest news on the fashion industry and see images from all the shows during Fashion Week.