Telvin Florence, an apparel design major at Auburn University calls Spidle Hall, where his classes and lab are located, his second home. The life of a fashion major is time-consuming, but Florence believes it is worth it.
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One of the classes that Florence takes as part of his major is 3750, in which “you get to be as creative you want,” according to Florence. “Right now we’re doing dyeing techniques, which is really fun. It’s really just a class where you get to explore your personal aesthetic.”
Other classes include one where Florence builds his portfolio for future internships and jobs. However, Florence’s favorite class has been Fashion Illustration. “I really learned how to better express myself through illustration.”
“A typical day for an apparel design major is pretty busy,” Florence said. A day can consist of working on projects, working on his portfolio, having a meeting for a group project and more. “With the amount of time I spend in Spidle, I might as well be paying rent here.”
Besides having a busy school schedule, Florence is also involved in different fashion-related organizations on campus. One of these organizations is the Apparel Merchandising and Design Association.
“We try to do things to really get our majors out there and known,” Florence said. Different events done by AMDA include Alteration Day, where students can bring their clothing to be altered by design students, and clothing swaps. AMDA also hosts an annual fashion show.
Florence is involved in the Modeling Board at Auburn University. One of the events that will be coming up is “Couture for the Cure,” at the end of October for Breast Cancer Awareness month. People can attend a fashion show and donate to a good cause.
Florence has had many memorable experiences through AMDA and through his major. “I’ve been able to volunteer for Christian Siriano, who was a Project Runway winner,” Florence said. “We went to Birmingham and got to help set up his fashion show and see models audition for the show.”
Florence has also seen Tim Gunn and Anne Barge (a wedding dress designer based in Atlanta) speak at different events. “I get to hear so many different stories about have people have been able to make it in the industry,” Florence said. “It’s really given me hope in making it.”
Florence plans to do an internship in the fashion industry before graduating in the summer of 2013. “I would love to intern overseas somewhere like Tokyo, London or Seoul, South Korea,” Florence said. He would enjoy working in New York or Los Angeles as well.