Today was the FGI Rising Star 2010 Award Luncheon. Even though I did not win, I have been very lucky. Right at the event I sold my newest design, of which I was wearing the first sample, to a Fashion Insider. Most definitely that made my day!
My interest in fashion came in second grade, when I saw my father using a nail as an alternative for a lost button to close his trousers. Still in school, I already took classes in couture hand and machine sewing and knitting. I continued designing and sewing garments throughout my whole life. My dream to do what I love so much professionally came true, when I started to study Fashion Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City where I was awarded a Bachelor’s degree in Art and Design Summa Cum Laude. Extracurricular Haute Couture and business classes built the foundation for my business SIEVERING Evening, Bridal, and Cocktail that I established in 2006. In 2008, I won the Supima Inaugural Design Competition for the best knit design. In the 2010 Fashion Group International Rising Star Award competition, I was chosen a finalist among Joseph Altuzarra, Prabal Gurung, et al. I felt more than happy, when, in spring 2013, I got asked to act as Designer Critic and later the same year to also teach Fashion Design at my alma mater.