Christina currently works as the Denim Designer at Gap
You may not be familiar with the name, but Christina Yi is responsible for great creations in major brands. The designer has already worked with Madewell, J.Crew and Ralph Lauren and interned with Diane Von Furstenberg, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan and Michael Kors, and currently is the Denim Designer at the Gap. Check out the exclusive interview with the stylist:
Tell us a little of your story on how you started in the universe of fashion design.
I’ve always enjoyed doing art since I was young, but my interest in fashion design started in high school. I used to take Victoria’s Secret magazines and trace over the models’ bodies. Then, I would start drawing clothes on top – I used to lose track of time because I was having so much fun! During my junior year in high school, I rigorously worked on my portfolio for my art school applications. I was very fortunate to attend RISD (Rhode Island School of Design) for college and study fashion design there. I loved being creative and designing in school, and I still love it now – I really have no regrets!
And your story with Gap?
I’m currently the Women’s Denim Designer at the Gap, and it’s been a great learning experience. Women’s denim is the biggest category and business of the company, and I’m thankful to have the opportunity to design for such a big global brand. My team and I design everything from 5-pkt bottoms, shorts, shirts, dresses, jackets and overalls. It’s really exciting to see the products that we’ve worked on in stores and online – It’s a real proud and happy moment!
For someone to be a great designer, what basic skills are essential?
In my opinion, some basic skills a great designer needs is creativity, a good eye to detail and a good business sense.
How do you see ”Fast Fashion” in the future?
Fast fashion is in very high demand nowadays, so I definitely don’t see it going away anytime soon or in the future – It will always be there. I believe that many fashion retail companies will always do their best to satisfy their customers by quickly producing products in response to the fast-changing trends.
Does material influence design?
Yes, definitely! Fabric is the starting point for most designs. I try to figure out what fit and styles work the best within each fabric.
Talking about influences, what are yours?
My mom is one of my biggest influences – She’s modest and effortlessly chic. Whether she’s dressed causally or dressed up for a special event, I’ve always admired my mom’s style.
What is your favorite thing to design/draw? What can we find in your sketch book?
This is a tough question to answer because I really do love designing everything! It never gets boring, and it helps me be more creative! Random notes and ideas, fashion croquis and pictures are just a few things you can find in my personal sketchbook.