Meet Fashion Design Major Lizz Stepchin
March 4, 2013
Meet Lizz Stepchin ’13, a fashion design major at Mount Ida College. Her senior collection, debuting in the "Spring Fashion Show" in May, will feature ready-to-wear designs inspired by the Viking Age history. As a senior, Stepchin has already started her journey into the fashion world. This semester, leading up to her graduation, we will be following Stepchin’s fashion design experiences from her life in the studio to her ultimate unveiling of fierce new looks on the runway. Stay tuned and keep reading to follow all things Lizz!
Next Up: Fashion Design’s Annual "Form to Fashion Exhibit" on Tuesday, March 5 at 6 p.m. at the Natick Collection in Neiman Marcus Court. For the fifth year, our senior fashion design seniors will compete for a chance to showcase their winning garments alongside some of the world’s hottest designers in the Neiman Marcus display windows. Visit Natick Collection from March 5-24 to see their bold designs.
Mountida.edu: What made you decide to apply to Mount Ida?
Stepchin: I always knew that I wanted to go to a small school close to my hometown of Melrose, MA. When I visited Mount Ida on a tour, I was drawn to the supportive environment with professors who are eager to see you succeed. They truly care about helping students become the best fashion designers they can be, which pushes me to create finished products that they will remember for years to come.
Mountida.edu: How did you choose your major?
Stepchin: Since middle school, art has been a big part of my life. I love coming with ideas and watching them grow into a finished garment. In 6th grade, I was not focused on my academics at all, so my mom helped me find my creative outlet with art classes. Since that time, I have really changed who I am as a student. Now, I push myself and it’s definitely paid off. I have made the Dean’s List and the Alpha Chi Honor Society.
Mountida.edu: How would you describe your style?
Stepchin: For me, it’s never been about couture or high-end fashion. It’s been about costuming. I love any and all of the Boston Con events, such as Anime Boston and the Sci-Fi Convention. There is so much creativity to see from fans’ costumes, including cloaks, corsets, and jewelry. In all of my garments, I tend to root them in history with a twist of fantasy interpretation as well.
Mountida.edu: Which fashion designer inspires you?
Stepchin: I am inspired by the work of costume designer Ngila Dickson. Her most notable work is from the movie “Lord of the Rings”. Dickson’s work with a late 17th and early 18th century look has resulted in more numerous nominations at the Oscars. Recently, I’ve also enjoyed the designs of lead costume designer Michele Clapton from HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” which hints at a fantastical history.
Mountida.edu: What is your ultimate dream after graduating?
Stepchin: When I graduate in May, my plan is to attend New England Hair Academy in Malden, MA. I want to become a licensed cosmetologist because I believe having that extra skill set will give me the edge I need for the job hunt. As an aspiring costume designer, I have to know all aspects of fashion design. After that, I hope to find work in either the theatre or movie industry.