• Mia Johnson

Interview's With Inspiring Figures: Jenni Riccetti

Hi everyone! Remember my blog post about the FIDM Camp and I mentioned something about a special project/series I am starting on?! This is it guys!!! I am starting a new series called, "Interview's With Inspiring Figures" and Jenni is up first!

Keep reading to find out her answers to my interesting questions:


M: How did you decide to become a Fashion Designer? How old were you at this time?

J: I was always into sewing as a child and loved making clothes for my dolls to match myself. I was seven at the time and got my first sewing machine at the age of 9.

M: What was your first ever, fashion related job?

J: I was an intern for a small shop in San Francisco, called LOFT 1513. It is now closed, but I am still connected with the designers who were working there.

M: What other jobs have you worked at?

J: I've been a Nanny, Art Teacher, and worked at retail jobs, but mainly sewing and designing.

M: What was your favorite jobs and why?

J: My favorite job is the one I get to do currently. I own my own clothing line and it is the most rewarding seeing new collections and showcasing my work! I also freelance design and that can be fun too because I get to work with many different people.

M: Why did you decide to attend FIDM?

J: I chose FIDM because it was local and focused on fashion.

M: Who inspired you while creating your clothes?

J: Hmm I wouldn't say I had a person as inspo, but I've always have my Grandfather on my mind while creating.

M: What was the first item of clothing you created? How old were you?

J: I created PJ pants and I was like 8 or something.

M: What was your favorite article of clothing you created? Why? What did it look like?

J: I made a dress 100% out of zippers and that by far has been the most extensive process process in creating a garment. It was so different and just really rewarding to see it complete.

M: Were you ever unhappy with an item you created? Why?

J: Yes, I can't think in specific, but sometimes when you sew, the idea looks better in your head than it does executed. It's just a part of the creative process.

M: What was the longest it has ever taken you to create an item?

J: What was it? I'd say the zipper dress. I was working on it for 15 hours.

M: How long does it usually take you to design clothing?

J: I can't say, it can take anywhere from hours to weeks.

M: What item of clothing took the shortest amount of time to create?

J: Probably a basic t-shirt or sweater.

M: What is your signature look?

J: Modern Streetwear.

M: What is your favorite thing to do on your day off?

J: Honestly, SLEEP lol!

M: What piece of advice would you give someone who wants to become a Fashion Designer?

J: Discover who you are and what your esthetics are. Create approachable goals and reach them in a reasonable time frame. Sew your butt off and don't stop meeting new people in the industry. The most important part of the fashion world is making a lasting impression! Last but not least, always have fun and do what you love!

If you couldn't tell already, this is why Jenni is an inspiring figure. You will always make mistakes, but with hard work and dedication, you can do anything.

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy!