Fashion Biz:<br />
Kimberly Goldson of âProject Runwayâ<br />

Kimberly Goldson

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you’re starting a brand… it’s important to have a mentor to guide you into what steps you’re supposed to take, to help you avoid some pitfalls. It’s a learning curve, but I think that having a mentor is very crucial.

EBONY: One of your other passions is giving back to the communities that supported you. What causes are you involved in?

KG: I’ve worked with Fashion Fights Poverty in the D.C. metropolitan area. I taught a fashion boot camp class last summer. In May I donated some clothes and spoke at Newark Technical High School’s fashion show. I think that’s my biggest: working with teenagers and young kids. Because I have been on my own since I was 17 and had to figure it out by myself.

EBONY: What kind of advice would you give to someone teaching themselves how to design?

KG: Learn pattern-making first. That was probably my biggest downfall because I didn’t, so I had to go a roundabout way. It’s very technical, but it’s worth it. Someone emailed me the other day and said he was starting design, and he had a passion to go one way, but the market was calling for something else, and he didn’t know what to do. I said to him to stay true to who you are as a designer, because that’s when it’s going to be more authentic and have its biggest reward. When you stay true to who you are as a designer, people will want to buy into it.