Interview With Designer Yamiles Elicier

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Lets talk about you who is Yamiles ?

I was born and raised in New York in 1996. As a young child I was a quick learner and wanted to know how to do everything on my own. My mother told me that I would always take her clothes and play dress up like every little girl would. But she never really knew what that was going to lead to. She also told me that I would sit down and draw little figures with clothing on them. Still until that day she had no clue where it would lead since I was just a little girl. My parents were very supportive in whatever it was that I loved doing. I only lived with both of my parents until a certain time. My father left my siblings and I at a young age, especially when we most needed him. It was so hard seeing my friends with their dream “family”. Not having my father around affected me very much. But instead of using that as an excuse to be in the streets, or use drugs, or anything. I used that to build strength and to be someone since I come from a family of mostly tough women who raise their kids as a single parent, that never really finished school and barely speak English.

Throughout middle school, I enrolled in so many programs such as music, dance, art, and culinary arts. The only ones that I enjoyed the most were dancing, art, and culinary arts. But the one that stood out the most to me was art. Through art I found my passion for fashion. I’ve never been afraid to try new things, I wanted to make sure that I found my passion and not be stuck when I got older. After finding out I loved fashion, I enrolled in a after school program for Fashion Design. The program offered the basics in fashion such as drawing, constructing, and having a little fashion show. After adapting the skills needed from Irum Mahmood who attended the college, Fashion Institute of Technology, I fell in love with fashion.

From there on I took more classes of art in I.S. 52 to become a better illustrator of my designs. In 2009, during the 7th grade I did not want to do anything else but fashion and this was the year to apply to high schools. That year I worked so hard building my portfolio with hopes of getting accepted to my dream high school, the High School of Fashion Industries. To my delight, I was accepted. It changed my whole life and it made me work hard for the things that I wanted in life because that was the only way I would be able to make it. Leaving the High School of Fashion Industries opened many doors for me. I left with my own experience in addition to the experience I had gained at the school.

Now, at the age of 18 years old I attend my dream college, the Fashion Institute of Technology. I have my own brand slowly building, where I do custom made pieces to online collections and much more. I never thought in a million years that at the age of 18 I would be working retail at Designer Resale, going to college, and building my brand all on my own. But this is only the beginning in preparation for my career to give me hands on experience so that I can have a successful brand, store, and have fashion shows all around the world for people to see what I am capable of. Fashion is what I want to do. It is what has been running in my blood since my childhood from drawing stick figures and adding clothes onto them, to styling my outfits using my mom’s shoes, bags, and accessories. I wake up thinking about new silhouettes. I go to sleep thinking about them and I dream about myself presenting my work in fashion shows to the world. Fashion was made for me and I cannot see myself doing anything else. Watching my parents struggle throughout the years has made me twice as hungry and being the ambitious, adventurous, and persistent young woman I am will get me where I want to be in life.

What inspired you to become a designer at such a young age?

I believe what inspired me to become a designer at such a young age is not being able to be financially stable to buy clothes that were different from everyone else’s, so I started making my own.

What inspired you to become a designer?

What inspired me to become a designer was art, color, and the different fabrics you can use to make beautiful silhouettes out of.

Can you name some of your favorite designers ?

Some of my favorite designers I would say are Oscar de La Renta, Carolina Herrera, Balmain, Balenciaga, and Valentino.

What is your input about the modeling / fashion industry?

My input about the modeling and fashion industry is that they both work together. They are both two careers in which are very competitive and have to be worked hard for in order to acquire your position there. Both modeling and fashion are two different positions but work together as one cohesively.

If you could change something in the fashion industry what would it be?

One thing I would change in the fashion industry would be the models. I do not agree with models having to starve themselves and do other things to be thin to look good. To me a model is someone fit who can show off their body and every piece they wear accentuates their curves and is confident with their height and of course themselves.

What projects are you working on for 2015?

The projects I am working on are the ones listed and many more that I will keep as a secret, so stay tuned. In addition, I will be working with the following sponsors on:

Spring/Summer Collection
Fashion Show
AStudios Magazine

Model: Mitchell Cobb
Photographer: George Pruitt – LUXe Creative Imaging
Makeup Artist: Elizabeth Ayala
Guess Stylist: Pierre Amir
Behind The Scenes Camera Man: Juan – LeyensDaddy Tv

How can readers contact you for quotes on your designs?

They can contact me at the following:

Instagram: @zelimay__
Twitter: @zelimay__

What are some of your favorite stores?

Zara, Forever21, H&M, and of course my job Designer Resale.

Any design tips for future designers like yourself?

Stay in school, work hard, find internships in your desired career field, and network as much as you can. Do not let anyone stop you and always start small.

Can you name some of your favorite fabrics ?

Some of my favorite fabrics are spandex, silk, cotton jersey, and many other.

If you could have one wish what would it be?

To be successful and give back to my family and those in need.

Is designer Yamiles Elicier ready for the fashion industry?

Yes, designer Yamiles Elicier is ready for the fashion industry and much more that is presented to her in the future. She is ready to work with top people in the fashion industry and take on projects that she never thought of even facing.

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