We <3 Tiana Vega!

Tiana Vega was the headline designer in the Designing Dreams Fashion Show last Saturday night (pictures from that will be up tomorrow!). She was born and raised in Northern California and got her degree in Fashion Design from The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM). What I love about her designs is that they are very feminine, yet cheeky. I like to think of her clothes as ladylike with an attitude, but you’ll see more on that tomorrow! Be sure to check out her website here.

Tiana was nice enough to let me interview her! Enjoy! xoxo Emily

I read on your site that you used to sew clothes for your dolls when you were little. Do you still have any of the pieces? What was your favorite thing that you made for your dolls?
No, I don’t have any of the clothes I made when I was younger.. I wasn’t very skilled with a sewing machine then so I would just hand stitch the tiny pieces but unfortunately I don’t have them anymore.

You’ve always been really fashionable. Do you have any funny stories about wearing something crazy growing up?

Oh wow, I have had quite an array of crazy outfits! I have always been intrigued by different cultures, and when I was in high school I found a really unique boutique in Seattle Washington, and they had these beautiful heeled slippers from India and I fell in love with them so I bought a pair and a top to match it and when I wore it to school people made fun of me because It wasn’t what they were used to seeing, that was during the time that Abercrombie was pretty popular.

Have you always known that you wanted to be a designer or did you have a sort of “lightbulb” moment when you realized it?

I have always had an appetite for fashion, whether it was ripping out the pages of vogue for inspiring outfits, or as you already know hand stitching little tops for my barbies, but when I was a junior in high school, the pieces finally came together and I had decided that designing clothing was one of my passions and I was not going to settle for anything less than what I love to do.

What made you decide to design contemporary clothes?
Well I would love to start designing wedding gowns soon, but right now I am trying to build up my reputation in the industry of fashion, and the best way to do it is to design beautiful contemporary pieces for fashionable women.

Where do you get the inspiration for your designs from?
Inspiration derives from many different sources for me, sometimes I get inspired by a mood I’m in, a song I’ve heard or an era in time, It is actually really random spurts of inspiration when it comes to my designs.

If you could go back and give advice to yourself when you first started FIDM, what would it be?
If I could go back and give myself advice when I was first starting out at FIDM, It would be to befriend more marketing majors, a lot of my good friends I’ve made from FIDM are all design majors and only a few are marketing majors.

You’re stranded on an island and you can only bring one outfit, what would it be?
Oooo, that is a no brainer, it would definitely be my D&G sequined dress.. I look at it this way, If im going to be stranded on an Island, at least I’ll be doing it in style 😉

Other than yourself, who is your favorite designer?

I have a few designers I look up to, three of my favs are Vera Wang, Monique Lhullier, and of course Chanel.

When you have a fashion show, do you like the models to be serious or fun (like how models walk in Betsey Johnson shows)?
This really depends on where the inspiration of the line comes from, like my last collection was more of a fun line inspired by the streets of NYC so I wanted the models to portray that on the runway, so it really just depends on what i have visioned for the collection and the runway.

What is your favorite thing about fashion?

My favorite thing about fashion is there are no rules, I can create whatever I want and there are no limits to what I create! I love every thing about that!

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