Feb. 21, 2023
Contact: Deidra Ashley, firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’ve shopped at The Mizzou Store lately, chances are you saw designs by senior Joey White. The textile apparel and management major from St. Louis recently won the College Vault Collection competition alongside teammates AJ Hays and Raven Smith.
Thanks to a partnership with CLC, the University of Missouri’s licensing agent, White was selected to represent MU at this month’s New York Fashion Week (NYFW). Here are five things he learned.
1.Network, network, network.
“Talk to absolutely everybody that you can because you have no idea what relationships you will build or what opportunities they could open for you in the future. After participating in the College Vault Collection competition, it was especially exciting to meet some of the designers at Champion’s headquarters and learn more about their design processes and inspiration for the brand.”
2. Don’t let fear get in your way.
“Going to NYFW and being surrounded by people in the industry and other creatives was one of the most inspiring things I have ever experienced. Seeking experiences like that and immersing myself into them has definitely increased my confidence and motivated me to pursue a career in design. You can’t let fear stop you from trying new things. Whether it’s applying for a new internship or job, or for a school trip like this one. Just go for it and put yourself out there.”
3. Stay true to yourself.
“During NYFW, I noticed that everyone, from designers to students, had a unique style and aesthetic. Dress practices and personal style reflect one’s unique identity, and the best way to stand out is to be your true self. Be confident in your abilities, yourself and your work no matter what — and believe in your creativity.”
4. Do what you love.
“When it comes to life and your career, you should always follow your passions. If you do what you love, then your work will never feel like work.”
5. It’s OK to make mistakes.
“You’re probably going to fail along the way — maybe even more times than you succeed. But those victories, big or small, are worth it and make all the difference. It’s OK to take some steps backward as long as you continue your forward momentum and keep working toward your goals and dreams.”