Student Spotlight: Anna Loosli

Anna Loosli

Anna Loosli
Major: Fashion Studies

Anna Loosli wanted to be a designer ever since she was a young girl.

Growing up in Poland, she studied fashion while going to high school. After graduating, she interned with several designers, and this exposure to the fashion world reinforced her decision.

"Upon arriving in the U.S., I wanted to pursue my dreams and researched the available fashion schools in the area," she said. "After an interview with Sharon Scalise, I was convinced that the Fashion Studies program at College of DuPage was a perfect match. The program provides many opportunities to learn and grow as a designer, including conceptual designing, drawing, draping, illustration, enhancing sewing skills and even participating in the yearly fashion show, which is an excellent opportunity to show your creativity and designs on runway models." 

During the 2013 show, Sketches, Loosli was named the Second-Year Designer of the Year and was the grand prize winner of the “uROCKit” competition, sponsored by Simplicity, SUEDEsays and Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, for which she received a Simplicity by Brother International sewing machine. The competition was initiated by Suede, a
designer and "Project Runway" contestant who met with students on campus during the show.

"Receiving the Designer of the Year award was a huge honor, especially to be recognized by a team of judges from the fashion industry and teachers from the College," she said. "For the uROCKit competition, using Suede’s own line of fabric and pattern, you had to draw on all you have learned to create a unique, 'u-rock-it' design. I decided to create a metal hoop design skirt with corset. This was an exciting win as I got to show this design with Suede at the Bloomingdale JoAnn Fabric store the next day."

Loosli has earned certificates in Fashion Design and Fashion Entrepreneurship and plans to finish her associate's degree in Fashion Design by the end of 2013. Her goal is to work with local or national designers where she can contribute to the success of their business while growing as an individual designer.

"Eventually, my long-term goal is to have my own business, illustrating my designs where I can show my creativity and make a difference to the fashion industry," she said. "I would definitely recommend College of DuPage for any person who has an interest in entering the fashion design world as this school provides a broad offering of design courses to help anyone learn and grow as a designer. The teachers also have strong knowledge and expertise of their field which prepares you for entry into the fashion world."

More about the Fashion Studies program