Victoria Lin Shares What Every Upcoming Fashion Designer Needs to Be Successful
It started with her mother signing her up for art lessons outside of school. Then, sketchbook after sketchbook, her sketches came to life in fashion shows. Victoria Lin is a woman committed to her craft and she has plans to expand her knowledge in the fashion industry.
Read more to discover how a young woman from Taiwan is taking the fashion industry in the United States by storm.
Why did you decide to become a fashion designer?
I lived in Taiwan until I was twelve years old. At an early age, I was drawn towards the field of arts. My mom took notice and signed me up for art lessons outside of school. As most girls, I enjoyed playing dress up and shopping.
In Taiwan, elementary students have to wear school uniforms. However, I looked forward to Wednesdays because we had free dress day. On Wednesdays, I felt excited and eager to have a productive school day. This is when I realized the importance of fashion to me.
Fashion is comfort, an energy boost, and a medium that allowed me to visually express myself. In third grade, my teacher gave us a writing prompt, asking us what we wanted to pursue as a career. I thought really hard and it didn’t take me long to make the decision of becoming a fashion designer.
Where do you get inspiration for your designs?
The inspiration for my designs is drawn from what I have seen and where I have been in the past few months. My fashion direction is a living reflection of my experiences. I also rely on the geometric shapes and the unique designs in architecture. I love to utilize forms of shapes and translate them smoothly into to my designs. I would categorize my work as contemporary.
What have been some obstacles in the fashion industry you have overcome or are still overcoming?
One of the greatest challenges facing new graduates in the fashion industry today is the barrier to entry. Careers in the fashion world rely heavily on the reputation and past works of designers.
You will likely have to work an unpaid internship just to get your foot in the door. As someone who aspires to be her own boss and create her own fashion company, I have also found that self-promotion is a great challenge for me.
How do you stay up to date with fashion?
I find that it is very important for me to catch the major annual fashion shows to see what’s new out there. I am also highly active on different social media sites, which allows me to see what other designers around me are doing. I am a Dallas-based designer, so It is especially important to be up to date on different Dallas fashion events.
What advice do you have for anyone desiring to be a fashion designer?
If fashion design is your dream job, then never give up. Fashion design is a very rewarding industry. You will gain experience from the sketch to the actual garment.
From my personal experiences, a lot of people view fashion design as a glamorous job. However, it is important to know that the glamor comes way later in your career once you are fully established. What you see on Project Runway is not a joke. You will feel the pressure and you will be expected to work hard.
The fundamental knowledge you will be learning is imperative if you want to pursue a successful career in fashion design. If you are not afraid of hard work, sleepless nights, sacrificing much of your social life, and homework over school breaks for what you love, then fashion design is definitely the route for you.
What are your plans for the future? Where can we find your work?
I have just finished a spring/summer fashion line for the annual Against the Grain Productions Fashion for a Passion Charity Show. I am also starting an e-commerce clothing company with a couple of my friends in Taiwan. Within the next month, I will be heading to Taiwan to build this company from the ground up. To see my work, you can follow me on Instagram, @victoria.tingilin or Facebook. You can also visit my website, victoria-tingilin.com.