Q&A
Junior Janine Holmes


Photo by Rebecca Qin


How would you say fashion influences you in your daily life?
I would say the way I dress is one of my favorite things about myself. I feel that when I know I’m dressed very well, I am more confident, and I feel that fashion makes me a better person.

Does fashion change the way you perceive the world?
Yeah, I feel like as I’ve gotten more and more into fashion design, I’ve definitely noticed detail more. I’m going to be vain and say yes, I do notice clothing on people. That’s obviously one of the first things you see about a person. It’s definitely changed the way I see the world because I can draw inspiration from anything I see now for clothing.

Many people think fashion is really flashy and glittery. Do you feel like that’s for you?
No, I don’t follow trends. That’s something I’m absolute certain of. I don’t think I own anything super glitzy in my closet—I own a lot of neutral colors.

Would you say a glittery feel is the norm in the industry?
I’d say it definitely depends. I know a lot of designers design clothing on trends and go off of what everyone else is wearing. I love avant-garde, which is completely not going with trends. It’s wild silhouettes and things that don’t look normal. So I would say it’s definitely split in the fashion industry. Some people like to design the glitzy, and some people like to design the weird stuff.

Are you planning to attend the Pratt Institute program?
This summer I will be at Pratt for three and half weeks, working on my portfolio, taking art history and taking a fashion design class and hopefully getting up to four college credits, which I’m hoping will give me a chance to get in, because if I already have four credits, it would be very nice.

What’s your process for designing clothes like?
(For example,) if I’m reading a book, and it doesn’t include descriptions of outfits, I find it really cool to design what I imagine you wearing.

What do you feel is the most important part about designing for you personally?
I think the most important part of designing clothing, for me, is making sure that I stick to my ideas. I make sure that (the clothes I design are) not influenced by what people think I should be wearing, what people think I should be designing, just design what I want and keep my vision constant.

What ideas do you express while designing?
I really want to include elements of avant-garde into basic women’s fashion and also include elements of men’s wear. I think it’s a very classic look. A lot of the stuff that I want to design doesn’t exactly look practical. I like things that are slightly wild, but, in general, I like neutral things and things with interesting silhouettes.



Photo by Rebecca Qin

How would you say fashion influences you in your daily life?
I would say the way I dress is one of my favorite things about myself. I feel that when I know I’m dressed very well, I am more confident, and I feel that fashion makes me a better person.

Does fashion change the way you perceive the world?
Yeah, I feel like as I’ve gotten more and more into fashion design, I’ve definitely noticed detail more. I’m going to be vain and say yes, I do notice clothing on people. That’s obviously one of the first things you see about a person. It’s definitely changed the way I see the world because I can draw inspiration from anything I see now for clothing.

Many people think fashion is really flashy and glittery. Do you feel like that’s for you?
No, I don’t follow trends. That’s something I’m absolute certain of. I don’t think I own anything super glitzy in my closet—I own a lot of neutral colors.

Would you say a glittery feel is the norm in the industry?
I’d say it definitely depends. I know a lot of designers design clothing on trends and go off of what everyone else is wearing. I love avant-garde, which is completely not going with trends. It’s wild silhouettes and things that don’t look normal. So I would say it’s definitely split in the fashion industry. Some people like to design the glitzy, and some people like to design the weird stuff.

Are you planning to attend the Pratt Institute program?
This summer I will be at Pratt for three and half weeks, working on my portfolio, taking art history and taking a fashion design class and hopefully getting up to four college credits, which I’m hoping will give me a chance to get in, because if I already have four credits, it would be very nice.

What’s your process for designing clothes like?
(For example,) if I’m reading a book, and it doesn’t include descriptions of outfits, I find it really cool to design what I imagine you wearing.

What do you feel is the most important part about designing for you personally?
I think the most important part of designing clothing, for me, is making sure that I stick to my ideas. I make sure that (the clothes I design are) not influenced by what people think I should be wearing, what people think I should be designing, just design what I want and keep my vision constant.

What ideas do you express while designing?
I really want to include elements of avant-garde into basic women’s fashion and also include elements of men’s wear. I think it’s a very classic look. A lot of the stuff that I want to design doesn’t exactly look practical. I like things that are slightly wild, but, in general, I like neutral things and things with interesting silhouettes.


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