Kashmiry heads for New York's Fashion Institute - By TIFFANY PAKKALA - St. Augustine Record
Alison Kashmiry climbs out of her car wearing a hip, leopard-print skirt and sparkling silver high heels. The Bartram Trail senior lives in Fruit Cove for a couple more months, but she's already dressed for New York City life. And that's exactly where she's headed. The 18-year-old has been accepted into the city's prestigious Fashion Institute of Technology as
a fashion merchandising management major. She'll pursue her dream of someday owning her own clothing line while she learns about the business side of fashion.
Kashmiry got hooked on designing clothes when she started sewing with her mom in middle school. Soon, she was making dresses and accessories for herself and watching shows like her current favorite -- Bravo's Project Runway -- for ideas. She got creative, making purses out of old skirts and jackets out of shirts she no longer wanted. This year, she made her prom dress, a funky, multi-colored number with a black tulle material from New York at the bottom. "I loved it. It was one of the most comfortable dresses I ever wore," the teen said. With her eye-catching outfits and her bubbly personality, Kashmiry has a quality that will
serve her well in the fashion industry: confidence. She says she's proud that, in high school, "I stayed true to myself and didn't let others influence what I did."
Kashmiry's wide range of school activities prove that she chose what interested her, regardless of how different one interest was from the next. She attended leadership conferences. She played basketball. She joined the school dance team. And she participated in the National Honor Society. She also got a boost in her fashion expertise at Bartram Trail High by taking Donna Lawrence's fashion production class. The students built mannequins to match their own frames and honed in on their sewing expertise under Lawrence's watch. Kashmiry couldn't get enough of the class or of Lawrence's stories about the sewing sessions
she attended in Atlanta.
Now the teen can barely wait to join the fast-paced fashion world in New York City. "A lot of my friends are nervous about graduating, but I'm excited. I've been excited for a really long time," she says.
Bartram Trail High School senior Alison Kashmiry poses with her prom dress that she designed Wednesday, May 16, 2007. Kashmiry will be attending the New York City Fashion Institute of Technology. by Daron Dean, email@example.com