Fashion Design Student Duston Jasso recently received the Cooper Design Space Fashion Start Award and The Gen Art Future Entrepreneur Award for the gown he presented for Chairing Styles at DEBUT 2015. "I was so lucky to be able to work with such an amazing textile, designed by Kaileen Shanahan," says Duston, who is going on to be a 2016 DEBUT designer in the Advanced Fashion Design Program. "These scholarships will be put towards creating my DEBUT collection, which I am so excited to begin. I could not be more blessed."
Duston says he has dreamed of showing at DEBUT since the first time he attended the show, as a high school junior. "I remember seeing the whole show, taking it all in and thinking, 'I want that to be me; I want to go up there and show my vision as an artist,'" he says. "And now, a few years later, to have all my hard work, sleepless nights, and dedication pay off, it is truly a dream come true. I can’t wait to show my groundbreaking collection and show the fashion industry the artist I have become."
Duston adds that FIDM has opened his eyes to what it is really like in the fashion industry and has offered him numerous opportunities. "FIDM has given me strength, confidence, and life skills to be successful in the fashion industry," he says. "I am so appreciative of FIDM supporting me along the way, from the amazing staff to all the resources provided. FIDM was the best decision I have ever made in my life--it unlocked the door to a career I love and I can’t wait to see what will happen next."
Categories: Fashion, Designer, Debut, Alumni, Textiles, Students, Scholarships
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