Q and A with SF Based Fashion Designer Jennifer Ly
I’ve been working with Jennifer Ly over the past couple months in preparation to the Give Back Gala, which she will be participating in as a designer. I’ve asked her a couple of quick questions to help our readers get to know here before the big event!
Style Bust: How did you get into fashion design?
Completely by chance, although I’ve always been interested in fashion even at the earliest age of my life. I actually majored in Computer Science before deciding to pursue fashion.
Style Bust: Where did you study, and what did you think about the fashion school experience?
I studied at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in San Francisco. My school experience was fast and intense. My teachers were amazing and pointed me in the right direction to reach my full creative potential. I really owe a lot of what I’ve accomplished in my career to me stepping stones at FIDM.
Style Bust: You’re working full-time at Gap Inc. Can you tell us a little bit about your role there?
I’m currently a Designer for OLD NAVY. I design all the denim and woven bottoms for girls ages 5-16. I design all silhouettes, washes and finishes, and manage all product from development to production.
Style Bust: How long have you been designing fashion as an independent designer?
I haven’t been designing fashion as an independent designer at all. Upon graduating from FIDM I got several freelance design gigs and never really had the time to focus on my own work. This collection is my first I’ve ever done.
Style Bust: Describe the collection you’ll be showing at the Give Back Gala.
My collection is playful and quaint. I love the use of clean lines with a variety of textures and mixed symmetry. The color palette is soft with tones of white, grey, blk and mauve.
Style Bust: What inspired this collection?
The collection was inspired by whimsical winter snow. I was inspired by 70’s silhouettes and early roman body adornment.