Carrie Cochran, former student of fashion design schools student turned fashion designer to the stars (and non-celebrities), moves on to the next phase of her fashion design career.
What’s Carrie’s next step after attending one of the many reputable fashion design schools? She started a fashion design business called Karma Kultura.
While her motivation for looking into fashion design schools was her love for garments and crafts, Carrie says her inspiration for starting the company was her clients. “I would make custom stage garments all the time and wanted to offer unique accessories to add to my clients’ wardrobes.”
With accessories and garments that are very unconventional, Carrie explains how she creates these pieces. “I would look for things around the house — junk — and put it together into interesting designs in the form of wallet chains, bracelets, belts, guitar straps, necklaces, cuffs, and earrings,” she explains.
Sounds weird, huh? But believe it or not, the funky pieces are worn by fashionistas and celebrities alike nationwide. And it’s not like Carrie is just some ordinary crafty diva — she’s a crafty diva, educated at one of the finest fashion design schools, the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. A fashion design career wasn’t just handed to her — she worked hard to get her degree from one of many reputable fashion design schools in the nation.
“I am proud to say I am a fashion design college graduate, and I have a degree in something I love. With many people wanting to work in fashion — from stylists to designers, even a public relations — a degree can give you an advantage,” she explains. “Going to fashion designs school will show that you have extensive knowledge, skills, and experience in the industry that has better prepared you to enter the job market.” At fashion design schools, Carrie and other students learn about many software programs used in the fashion industry such as Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator, as well as electronic pattern systems.
Once completing a degree from one of many fashion design schools, expect to work in various jobs within the fashion design industry like Carrie did. During the process, she networked and made a name for herself, which eventually landed her celebrity clients like Ricky Martin and Serena Williams.
“My clients loved the [offbeat] pieces and since they were all one-of-a-kind, it made them feel even more special,” says the proud business owner.
Now what? With Carrie’s fashion design career in full swing, she’s contemplating her next move. She’s already absorbed knowledge from fashion design schools, which led to her designing and collaborating with high-profile celebs. Now with her design business underway, who knows what we’ll see next from the creative paragon. Maybe Carrie will go to fashion design graduate school? Who knows? The sky’s the limit for the design sensation!