Lacey Garza, Kingsborough Community College
Being recognized by Gucci . . . has inspired me in my schooling to use the opportunities and resources that are being presented to me to the best of my advantage. Being mentored by Gucci's employees and representatives is valuable and critical to my future business plan and career.
"I want to raise awareness and use my style to show a person with a disability in a different light."
I will make a difference in the fashion industry . . . by championing accessibility and inclusivity for people with disabilities. I hope to accomplish this goal by learning about different forms of garment construction to accommodate people with disabilities in a way that makes them feel comfortable and confident in themselves. I'd also like to include people with disabilities when it comes to advertising and help them feel represented in campaigns that showcase their beauty and style.
Your portfolio should . . . stand out and show how your personality infuses your creations. I don't think there's a "right" way to show creativity — it's something prideful that should come from your heart. If you don't feel confident in something that you've put hard work into, then that energy will spread to others and leave you with a bitter feeling. I think what made me stand out was that I want to raise awareness and use my style to show a person with a disability in a different light.
Above: Lacey's jewelry from her Brooklyn-based jewelry shop angelic.y2kshop.