January 27, 2017
Christina Hopkins wins Creative Sewing and Textile Arts Scholarship
Christina Hopkins, a senior in the fashion design program at Mount Ida is a “triple threat” says Aleta Deyo, Fashion Design Program Coordinator and Associate Professor. “She’s ambitious, smart and creative and excels in every aspect of fashion design, taking pride in her work and dedicated to perfecting her craft.”
Professor Deyo is rightfully proud, but not at all surprised that she is the recipient of a Creative Textile Arts Scholarship that includes a financial package and equipment.
Hopkins has always had a creative mind, but her interest in fashion emerged in high school when she was enrolled in a Fashion and Clothing course. “The class was my escape from the stress of teen years…and it was wonderful because of my teacher. She was always so positive and was like a second mother to all her students. Her warmth impacted my life goals and career.” And through that class she learned about Mount Ida from the teacher’s assistant, Lauren Trump, a College alumna.
Professor Deyo has witnessed her creativity from day one at Mount Ida. “During her freshman year, Christina stepped outside the box and decided to make her dress out of neoprene. This was a very unusual choice for a freshman.” But Christina didn’t stop there. “To top it off she chose to hand paint a design onto the neoprene to fully realize her vision. She exhibited great promise then and has only excelled throughout her time at Mount Ida.”
Christina’s final collection for Mount Ida is bridal design. “This is a popular direction,” says Deyo, “but Christina is not just creating wedding gowns: she will also be building the foundation garments under the gowns.” Hopkins, inspired by Zach Posen’s foundations, has begun constructing her own bustiers, crinolines and underwire supports. “In my opinion she could stop right there,” says Deyo. “Her undergarments are beautiful couture pieces and it would be a shame to cover them up, but she has a unique direction in her mind and I am looking forward to seeing her whole collection realized.”
Hopkins’ master plan is to build her own brand and to have a small boutique storefront in a relatively small town. “I like the idea of forming relationships with my customers and that’s possible in a small town setting.” Hopkins adds, “I’d like to sell my own designs and also support smaller designers such as myself and allow them to rent space in the shop to sell their designs.” Hopkins envisions also being able to create custom designs when requested, while selling a mixture of ready-to-wear outfits, formalwear and accessories for juniors and women.”
Deyo and her other instructors at Mount Ida will not be surprised to see Hopkins make that happen and to find her in a studio attached to her boutique. “I find myself the happiest when I have a studio to freely work in,” says Hopkins. “I am most creative when my tools are right in front of me.” And her many satisfied customers will be sure to agree that is where she belongs.