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race Buckley, a fashion design major,
has always been a fan of Mary-Kate and
Ashley Olsen, so when she found out about their fashion competition, she just
had to enter. Little did she know she would be the grand prize winner a few
short months later.
For the contest, Buckley, ’12, had to design a look for the Olsens’ Olsenboye collection, a
lower priced tween line for JCPenney. She also had to write an essay about why she wanted to
win.
The judging process narrowed down looks from all over the country to the top 25. The group
was then narrowed down to the top 10, which were then put online for public voting.
“I wasn’t expecting to get in the top 10, so when I did I was telling everyone I knew to vote for
me every day,” Buckley said.
Fashion student wins
award from Olsen twins
Photos courtesy of Grace Buckley
When it came time to find out the grand prize winner of the
competition, Buckley saw on the website that she had not won.
She decided to call the contact at JCPenney to thank her for the
opportunity anyway. But Buckley received more than an op-
portunity. The head of the competition told Buckley that there
was a computer glitch, and she was actually the real winner.
“I had told everyone I didn’t win and a week later she told
me that I did so I was freaking out,” Buckley said. “It was like
Charlie in the Chocolate Factory.”
Buckley heard about the competition from a friend on
Facebook.
“A friend from home was like, ‘Look it’s Mary-Kate and
Ashley, you should just apply,’” Buckley said. “I was so bogged
down with everything else, but I did it anyway.”
For winning, Buckley received a chance to have her look in
the Olsenboye line, a $1,000 JCPenney gift card and a trip to
New York City for her and two others. Buckley, along with her
mother and sister, then went to the Olsens’ showroom in New
York, and Buckley got to walk through their design process.
She also got to see designs that would soon be released for both
Olsenboye and their high-end line, Elizabeth and James.
“They are really down-to-earth,” Buckley said. “They intro-
duced themselves and I was thinking, ‘You really don’t need to
tell me.’”
Buckley hopes to get a job at Elizabeth and James after she
graduates in May.
BY JENNIFER ABBEY, ’12