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Age: 15

Sophomore at Booker T. Washington High School

When did you become interested in fashion design? I became interested in fashion design at about age 7, but I began to pursue my interest the summer before eighth grade when I started taking sewing and fashion design classes.

Where do you take classes? Natalie (Charney) and I both have taken weekly classes from Suzanne Anderson for the last three years. Her company is the SuzArt School of Fashion Design.

Describe your room style in three words. Minimalistic glamour, clean, eclectic.

Describe your clothing style in three words. Casual, trendy, bohemian.

Favorite trend? Full mini skirts.

What’s your style advice for readers? You don’t always have to keep up with all the latest trends. As long as you wear clothes that look good on your body, nobody will notice if you’re wearing a dress from last season.

Favorite piece of clothing? My white fitted T-shirt. I would wear it with everything.

Greatest design accomplishment? A woman bought one of my dresses after the Tulsa Women’s Living Expo fashion show. It only sold for $35, but the accomplishment was just the fact that someone besides me, or my friends, liked what I was making.

Most challenging fashion project? Designing and making a fully lined, double-breasted jacket.

Hardest aspect of designing? Translating the picture in my head to an actual piece of clothing. There are so many aspects of a piece of clothing that you have to get just right.

Where are your designs sold? Once a year our designs are shown in a fashion show at the Tulsa Women’s Living Expo at Expo Square. Other than that, I don’t have plans to sell them.

What inspires your designs? Usually it’s something that I want to have. I see something at a store that is not exactly right and I get an idea of something that I want to make.

Most dog-eared book? "About a Boy" by Nick Hornby.

Favorite beverage? Dr Pepper.

Stereo or iPod? iPod. I love being able to make playlists of only the songs I want to listen to.

What’s in your CD player now? Jason Mraz’s "We sing, we dance, we steal things."

Favorite day of the week? Saturday.

Charity of choice? Jewish World Watch.

Favorite thing about Tulsa? It’s a small enough town so everywhere I go I usually see someone I know.

Favorite magazines? Elle and Glamour.

Favorite gadget? Eyelash curler.

Favorite movies? "Wall-E" and "Life is Beautiful."

Guilty pleasure? Chocolate brownie ice cream.

What phrase do you overuse? "That’s cool." I really need to start mixing it up.

Something people don’t know about you? I always stress out about what to wear. I feel really uncomfortable if I’m over- or under-dressed for any occasion.

Any nicknames? A few of my friends call me Alybadoodle — embarrassing, I know.

Favorite subject in school? Math.

Least favorite? English.

What are you currently reading? "Three Cups of Tea" by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin.

Last thing you do before bed? Listen to a few good songs on my iPod.


Project runway

Age: 16

Junior at Booker T. Washington High School

How did you become interested in fashion design? I was always interested and have drawn sketches since I was little.

Describe your clothing style in three words. Casual, girly and simple.

Describe your room style in three words. A huge mess.

Favorite trend? I love ruffles and interesting detailing on what would be plain shirts.

What’s your style advice for readers? Always feel confident and pretty in what you wear.

Favorite piece of clothing? It changes at least every week, but currently my navy ruffled top. It’s really cute.

Greatest fashion design accomplishment? The fully lined, double-breasted jacket I made is the garment that took the most work, and I am definitely very proud of the end product.

Hardest aspect of designing? Having to tear out something you’ve worked so hard on and re-do it over and over again until it’s perfect.

Favorite aspect of designing? Seeing the garment evolve from a drawing on a piece of paper into something I can actually wear.

Do you use patterns? Sometimes I take an existing pattern and fit it to my body size, but mostly we make our own patterns in class from scratch. We used an existing pattern for the jacket.

Do you sell your work? No.

Do you aspire to sell your designs? Yes, at some point I think it would be so cool to sell clothing that I make.

What types of clothing do you design? My favorite, easiest thing to design is dresses.

Who wears your clothes? Me, myself and I.

What inspires your designs? Pictures in magazines, other clothing, fabrics, so many things.

Most dog-eared book? "My Sister’s Keeper" by Jodi Picoult.

What are you currently reading? "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy.

Most used item? My iPhone.

Last thing you do before bed? Either read or listen to some Brad Paisley.

Favorite beverage? Just water. I hate any kind of pop.

What’s in your CD player now? I don’t have a CD player ... On my iPod? Jonas Brothers!

Charity of choice? I'm co-chair of Becca’s Closet, which is a great organization. I also love Global Gardens here in Tulsa.

Favorite thing about Tulsa? In general, people are just really nice here. Everyone knows everyone, which most of the time is a good thing.

Favorite magazines? Teen Vogue, W, Elle and Seventeen.

Favorite gadget? My cell phone.

Biggest pet peeve? When people mispronounce words, it drives me crazy.

Favorite quote? "Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game." — "A Cinderella Story"

Favorite movie? Girly movies — "Mean Girls," "John Tucker Must Die," "The Notebook," "A Walk to Remember."

Guilty pleasure? I’m too lazy to actually bake cookies, so I just end up eating all the cookie dough instead.

Something people don’t know about you? I am a huge Dallas Cowboys fan. Huge. I can’t wait for the season!

What phrase do you overuse? Embarrassingly enough, I use "like" way too much.

Any nicknames? Nattles, Nat.

Favorite subject in school? It really depends on the teacher. Last year it was either chemistry or Spanish.

Least favorite? English, for sure.


The school offers classes for both adults and children, from beginner level to experienced sewers. For more information about the SuzArt School of Fashion Design, call Suzanne Anderson at 747-4774 or visit www.suzart.org.

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