Not even a month into classes at her new school, Fashion Design student Verity Gordon is headed to New York to show off her creations on the runway.
Verity is readying nine evening outfits for Season 10 of the Small Boutique Fashion Week, which kicks off Sunday, September 11, and runs at the same time as New York City Fashion Week. The business-oriented show is a chance for emerging designers to debut collections to small boutiques and unique shops, and to be seen by celebrities and the fashion media.
Verity’s designs will be shown during the 8 pm runway show.
“My collection name is ‘Historica,’ she said. “My inspiration is from mythology of ancient Greece and the goddesses and the stories that go along with them. And also bits and pieces from the 1930s.”
She’s incorporating lace, textured fabric, “and there are feathers,” she said.
It’s not her first runway show – last year she participated in the Jersey City Fashion Week Young Designers Contest.
Verity graduated in May with an associate degree in Fashion/Apparel Design from Mercer County Community College, and decided she wanted to finish her bachelor’s degree at Moore, where she's a junior this fall.
“I like the community and that it’s in the city, but not as busy as New York,” she said. “Moore has a really good reputation with getting jobs for people in their fields.”
One of the first things you notice about Verity is her accent. Her parents are British. She was born in Melbourne, Australia, and the family moved from there to the United States in 2001.
She’s been drawing for as long as she can remember, and says her interest in fashion began when she first used a sewing machine in 8th grade.
“I had been hand-sewing small clothes and sewing buttons on Barbie clothes when I was 10 – they weren’t all that great,” she said. It wasn’t until spring semester of her first year at Mercer that she started making and sewing dresses that she designed.
Verity’s parents will join her as they drive her evening wear designs to New York the Friday before the show.
“I’m really excited,” she said. “There will be the show, then maybe interviews and after parties, and after-after parties. I’ve never done something like this before, so who knows? But it’s going to be really fun.”
Read more about the show here.