‘You have to expand your own mind and look outside the box for success.’
Khalee Kreider is a 20-year-old fashion design graduate from the Savannah College of Art and Design. The Chinese designer now lives in Manheim, Pennsylvania, creating the modern aesthetic of her designs by drawing inspiration from architecture and geometrics. You can view Khalee’s Instagram at @khaleekreider and visit Khalee Kreider’s website.
What is the background of the work you submitted?
This is my senior collection/ It was designed for my final year at the Savannah College of Art and Design. We create a six-look collection of our choosing and we work on it throughout the entire senior year, from concept, construction, completion and presentation.
I took a more conceptual route with my senior collection and designed geometric silhouettes in tones of grey. While the precise lines and angles of the designs bring an architectural feel to the collection, the alternating shades of grey offer a modern, sophisticated aesthetic.
What inspires you creatively?
What inspires me most creatively is innovation. This could be anything from discovering new, technical fabrics to bending gender roles. When it comes to redefining fashion, I am always intrigued to see how the design industry pushes the limits of fashion. It offers new insights that shape how we perceive what it means to be a designer.
What is your favourite film of all time?
My favourite film of all times would be The Internship. It proves that it is never too late to follow your dreams. If you really want something, and you are willing to work for it, you can achieve whatever you put your mind to.
What is your favourite music track or album right now?
Right now, Sia’s 1000 Forms of Fear is my favourite album. Her album is not only unique and creative but demonstrates her personal struggle with bipolar disorder. I find it inspiring when artists are able to have an emotional connection to their work. It enables you to share those emotions and better understand the work of the artist as a whole.
What is your favourite website for inspiration?
I enjoy Pinterest when finding inspirational imagery for a new project or collection. Although you have to filter though it at times to find what you are looking for, Pinterest acts like a hub that can lead you to different sites and blogs along the way.
What is hot or new in the world and/or where you live?
I am following the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. The U.S. Women’s team just made it to the finals and if they end up winning, this would be their third World Cup win.
What does Fashion mean to you?
For me, fashion is very subjective; it is a point of view. There is no set universal definition but everybody can form their own opinion.
There are a multitude of factors that can affect how someone perceives fashion: their location, culture and upbringing, in addition to personal taste. These are all aspects that affect how different people see the same thing.
What is your ideal Fashion Project?
My ideal fashion project would definitely be a collaborative project. Although working in groups can be difficult, having the opportunity to bounce ideas off one another and considering multiple points of view makes you stronger as a designer.
In the industry, it takes a team of people to put together a great collection. Each person may or may not have the same initial vision so you can be challenged with different opinions. But this allows for the best outcome. You have to expand your own mind and look outside the box for success.
How do you imagine your future?
Before starting my career, I want to try new things and learn as much as I can while I have the opportunity and the time. I would like the opportunity for international travel in my work. The ability to see the world and immerse myself in different cultures would help evolve my ideas and creativity.
What would be your ideal internship?
I would love to work in the “active sportswear” market; you may call it “active casualwear” in the UK. When I consider a potential place of work, I think about not only the design standpoint but also the growth and innovation of the company. With the explosion of active sportswear over the past few years, technology and cutting edge design have merged to grant endless opportunities in the industry.
The ideal work environment is important too. Companies like Nike, Adidas and Under Armour are the leading brands of active sportswear but also create an incredible community for their employees.
When starting out in the industry, is it better to look for a job regardless of your design preference, or settle for an internship with a company that you admire in which you may or may not get a wage?
What do you think? Why not tell us in the comment section below.
Khalee Kreider is a finalist for Modeconnect’s #YourView15 fashion competition sponsored by Bloomsbury Publishing. The support of our sponsor extends to all our readers: until the end of July 2015 they can benefit from 20% off ALL Bloomsbury’s fashion and design books! Just use the code YOURVIEW2015 at the checkout on www.bloomsbury.com.
Voting open 11th – 19th July 2015.