Dylan Skinner is a sophomore from Ridgefield, NJ studying Fashion Merchandising. She just transferred here from Fordham University and is looking to bringing her previous experience with fashion into the classroom and taking advantage of all Marist has to offer.
So you just transferred from Fordham University, what made you decide to come to Marist?
They were just starting to develop a fashion program at Fordham but it wasn’t a major yet, just a minor and I’ve been involved with fashion since I was 10 years old. One of my best friends is also a sophomore here and she’s in the Fashion Merchandising program and spoke highly of her classes and Marist. I came here to visit her and it ended up being the best choice for me.
I see you have your own fashion line. Can you tell me about that?
Growing up I was really into art and painting and then when I was 10-11 years old I went to a summer camp where I learned a lot about making your own clothes. From then on, I just taught myself everything else. From eighth grade to junior year I went to Parson’s high school program, and I was there every week for four years. When that ended, I started my own small business. It’s just me, and I started out mainly making gowns for proms and special events but now I have more casual wear like graphic tees, sweatshirts, hats, denim, jackets, stuff like that. It definitely keeps me busy, to say the least!
How do you think all of that experience shaped your perspective in coming into Marist’s Fashion program?
It definitely changes my perspective a little. I’m not a Fashion Design major, so sometimes I see the people in design and I miss it, but I feel like it will always be more of a side thing, and less of a career for me. I also love math so the whole buying side is a perfect medium for me. I also plan on a studio art minor so I can do more hands-on work and more creative work.
Do you have any advice for freshmen students?
While I can’t speak for a traditional freshman experience here, I feel like people shouldn’t go in with set expectations and instead just put yourself out there. Especially as a transfer, it’s like being a freshman again and you have to go out and make friends like everyone else.
Written by Caroline Wolf '19
Profile Tags:Profile Type: Class of 2020
Major: Fashion Merchandising
Academic School: Communication and the Arts
Campus: New York