At the end of the academic year, CCAD presents the faculty-selected outstanding seniors for each undergraduate major. Today, in part four of our nine-part series, meet Fashion Design outstanding senior Katharine Hire.
Q: What was your proudest achievement while at CCAD?
My senior collection and the fact that I am actually graduating.
Q: What scared you the most while you were at CCAD?
Everything. I was a ballet dancer for a long time and came into fashion not knowing where I stood, so it was a big change.
Q: What are your plans after graduation?
I have a job with Lane Bryant; I have been interning with them for the last two years. I will be an assistant designer in knit tops.
Q: What’s your ultimate dream job or goal?
My collection is about using African fabric to create flattering silhouettes for women, and my end goal and dream would be to develop a collection that allows me to give back to the African women I met during a missionary trip. I would love to be able to buy African-made textiles and create jobs for those women.
Q: Why is it important as an alumnus to give back to CCAD?
When alumni come back to talk to students, it allows us to see that they have now made it, but were where we are now and were struggling too—it gives us insight on where we can go from here.
Q: Do you remember a single point that made you sit back and say, “This is why I am doing this?”
Definitely finishing my collection with the African tie-in. For me, things have to have a little more meaning then just an assignment. With this, I want to be able to give back and send that message that beauty goes deeper.
Q: What smell, word, or whatever will always remind you of your time here as a student?
What will you miss the most?
Being able to focus on my own work and my own stuff.
Q: If you could describe what graduation feels like in one word or sentence what would it be?
I am so excited; it is just an “I did it!” moment.
Q: What was your favorite class at CCAD?
I took a watercolor class with Linda Gall, and she really encouraged me and changed my perspective on what I was doing. I felt like I could really experiment because it wasn’t a fashion class, and she just took all the fear out of grades. I really learned a lot from her.
Q: What did you like to do during your free time?
I love to dance, and over the years my friends and I would go salsa dancing—that became an outlet for me.
Q: What is your fondest memory at CCAD?
This senior year has been really neat for me to see the camaraderie in our class. I feel we have all got each others’ backs and we’re all pushing and helping each other out, which sometimes is rare in this environment and industry.
Q: What would you change about your undergraduate career?
I would have learned to deal with my anxiety a lot earlier.
Q: What is your advice to future CCAD students?
Put an emphasis on sleep and taking care of yourself. You will perform a lot better.
Hire is from Mansfield, OH, and attended Mansfield Christian High School.
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