It was a busy summer for Carmel High School’s Sanjana Jain, who took first place in the Fashion Design category at the annual Family, Career and Community Leaders of America Leadership Conference in San Diego.
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After winning the state fashion design competition in Muncie, Carmel senior was selected to the national competition. Her reward was full tuition to the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising.
“I entered a bridal garment named Scarlet Rose 3-piece Lengha. It incorporates both my Indian and American backgrounds, as this is what I ideally want to wear at my wedding to represent both my cultures,”Jain stated. “It consists of a red blouse that is covered in a red lace overlay, a long-pleated skirt with two layers of lace and interfaced cotton, and a chunni that is chiffon with a lace border.”
Jain’s many weddings were the inspiration for her winning design. She knew she wanted to incorporate both cultures into her work.
“Making and constructing this piece took me two months,”She said. “I was also in school during this period of time as well and wanted every detail to be perfect.”
Jain was the fashion designer for the competition Amalgam. This means mixture or blend.
“This word describes my fashion line completely as my line is all about the mixture and the collaboration of American bridal and groom’s wear with Indian traditional wear,”Jain stated.
Modeling at the completion was a dream.
“I walked across with more confidence than I have ever personally felt as everyone was screaming with excitement and clapping,”Jain stated. “That was definitely a moment when I felt I had ‘made it.’ Walking up to the podium to get the first-place prize was one of the best feelings I have had in my life, as I know at that point, I have made my parents and the rest of my family proud.”
Don’t expect to see the winning piece featured for sale, however.
“I will not be selling my exact garment, as it is very special to me,”Jain stated. “But very soon I will be launching my website where I will be selling clothes that are very similar as it will be inspired by this fashion line I made through this competition.”