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Coming Full Circle

Anna says why it meant so much to win a challenge guest-judged by Vivienne Tam.

I won! Again! By myself! I was really nervous about my design being over-the-top but I am glad that I pushed myself to do something a little more daring because it paid off! Reco’s piece was really well sewn and had great shape but I think the fact that I successfully incorporated print and color and worked from my reading put me in the lead.

I was excited for the final challenge when I found out it was about Tarot cards and psychic reading. As skeptical as I am about these kinds of things, I still believe that there is a lot that we don’t know about energy and how perceptive we can be of one another. The psychic talked a lot about me being a warm person whose friendships are really important to me which was completely true. My friends and family are a huge part of my life and a huge part of the reason I have made it so far in my career. When she talked about nature I immediately started thinking about flowers and the petal idea. The psychic was staring at me when the challenge began and later told me that I reminded her of someone she knew. I knew I wanted to go first and I am glad I did.

Oh and I forgot the Mini Challenge! I really couldn’t believe I won the Mini Challenge. My piece was not well sewn at all, but it just goes to show that this is design competition and not a sewing competition. Also, it really reminds me that I really need to trust my personal style and make clothes that I know that I would wear. Lastly, I was surprise and incredibly nervous that Vivienne Tam was our guest judge. I was the store manager at her flagship store in Soho for two years and I knew the detail in which she studies garments. I was absolutely thrilled that after working for her and wearing her clothes for years she told me she would wear mine. It’s amazing sometimes how life really comes full circle if you work hard enough.

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