What sparked your interest in the fashion industry?
“I actually wanted to be a doctor for the longest time.” she says laughing. “… but I was always into fashion since I was a child. I was one of the girls who would take an old pair of jeans and rip them up into something new. As time went on, I changed my mind about being a doctor because fashion was something that I’d always loved, I just didn’t know how to pursue. So I decided to go to school studying fashion merchandising which was pretty much all I knew there was to study in that industry at the time until school started. The experience opened my eyes to all of the opportunities there were in the fashion industry including becoming a Technical Designer.”
Who would you say is the most influential person(s) in your decision to pursue fashion?
“My mom has always been my biggest inspiration. She always encouraged me to be open minded about life, and going after my dreams. She was a preschool teacher, so it was always in her nature to encourage youth to go after what it is they truly LOVE.
Can you tell me a bit about your background and how the position of Technical Designer with Victoria Secret came to fruition?
“I worked all through school and took up a number of internships in technical design. I then went on to hold various positions in that specialized field working in the lingerie department for Frederick’s of Hollywood, moving onto doing technical design for children’s clothing and then back to lingerie for (big name). I eventually ended up in the running for a great position where I would have had to relocate. I went through all of the interview phases and ended up not getting the position. That was actually pretty disappointing, but I just kept strong in my faith and trusted that it’s all in God’s will and in his plan for me. About a week later, I received an email from a representative at Victoria Secret inquiring about my interest in some open positions they had. I of course said yes I was interested and after about a month-long interview process, I was offered the position of Technical Designer for Victoria’s Secret!”
What is a typical day like in your position with Victoria’s Secret?
“As a technical designer, I’m primarily responsible for ensuring that a piece that starts off as an idea on a designers pad is made into a finished product that can be displayed and/or sold. In this case the designs were being displayed in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show! So my day typically starts around 9 a.m., and consists of meetings with designers who need assistance with turning their idea into a product that meets their vision, is cost effective for the buyer, and is most importantly appealing to customers and will make them feel great. I focus on the fit of the garment, adjusting patterns and pieces of the design to ensure that it will fit the way it is intended to and so on. I’m generally the people pleaser!”
If you had any advice to for aspiring fashion professionals, what would it be?
Talk to anyone and everyone. Everyone has the potential to help you so don’t close off your options by thinking that someone isn’t capable of helping you, you just never know who will hold everything you may need to succeed in this industry. Your name is everything in this industry, especially as you start to move up in the field. The industry will start to seem much smaller than you think. You want to be the person that everyone has nice things to say about, and don’t take things personally, especially when someone says no, it could lead to the yes you’ve been waiting for.
5 Undergarment Do’s & Don’ts in the Workplace: From an Industry Expert
To tie my interview with Tiffany back to presenting your best fashionable self in the work place. I asked her what her 5 do’s or don’ts were regarding undergarments in the workplace. Here’s what she had to say:
1. DO find a proper fitting bra.
“I can’t stress this one enough. Every woman should get measured at least once a year. Our bodies are always changing which means bra sizes can fluctuate. Try on as many bras as you can when you’re considering a new bra. The type of bra you try on, even if it’s in your correct size can dictate what will work best for your body type and comfort level and what won’t work. You want to ensure that you fit well into your cup size, and make sure that your bra straps rest well and comfortably on your shoulders AND on your back. Your back strap, if your bra is fitting well should be level to the floor, not riding high or hanging low.”
2. DON’T have visible panty lines.
“The biggest issue with visible panty lines besides it being unprofessional in the workplace is that it can make your clothing appear tighter than it really is. Too tight clothing in the workplace is not good either.”
3. DON’T show too much cleavage.
“This shouldn’t be too much of a surprise, but one way to avoid this without risking the fashionable state of your office look is to wear a lace or plain camisole under your clothing to help cover you up.”
4. DO wear lace/lingerie to work in moderation.
“The biggest thing here is to keep it covered up. If you have on a lace camisole, wear a nice blazer over it.”
5. DO invest in proper fitting pantyhose.
“Avoid the dreaded revealing line. The best way to get rid of these is to use thigh highs with a garter to keep your stockings up, in place and seamless.”
I hope you enjoyed this post and I look forward to doing more like this one in the future! Thanks again to Tiffany for the opportunity and congrats on your opportunity of a lifetime!
Here are three of the pieces that were showcased on the runway up close and personal pictured down the runway:
If you liked her designs, three of Tiffany’s pieces are currently being sold online at www.Victoriassecret.com. Links to each piece are below!