Meet Lizz Stepchin ’13, a fashion design alumna. Her senior collection, debuted in the “Spring Fashion Show” in May, featuring ready-to-wear designs inspired by the Viking Age history. As a recent graduate, Stepchin has already started her journey into the fashion world.
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 pushed me to create finished products that they will remember for years to come.
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.
Mountida.edu: What is your ultimate dream in fashion design?
Stepchin: 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.