Student Spotlight: 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 was also selected as a semi-finalist in the Chicago next Generation Fashion Design Challenge and her design, Hooped Serenity, was selected to be shown at the Red Carpet Concierge of the Chicago Meets Hollywood fashion show, held at Red Kiva in Chicago for the Oscar's night celebration.
In July 2014, Loosli spent the month of July in Paris, France, participating in a fashion workshop at the prestigious Paris American Academy. Founded in 1965 by Richard Roy, the Paris American Academy features a vocational approach that prepares students for careers in fashion, fine arts and interior design. The fashion workshop included a core component of learning activities that provide an overview of the French fashion industry, including collection development, haute couture draping and sewing techniques, historical presentations, and textile design. In addition, workshop participants visited historical attractions in the area such as the Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay, the exhibition at the Musée du Textile and the Yves St. Laurent exhibit at the Foundation YSL.
“This workshop was a great opportunity to learn and experience new and different couture techniques of creating designs that I can then apply to my own collections,” she said. “The French fashion designers Coco Chanel and Madame Grés have been my inspiration since I started in fashion. One of the final projects required me to create a draped bustier inspired by Mme. Grés’ haute couture method.
“I had the opportunity to work backstage with two well-known designers, Georges Hobeika and Tony Ward, during Paris Couture Fashion Week, getting their models and designs ready for the runway presentation. The Paris American Academy was a great and unforgettable experience that I will always remember. The president, Peter Carmen, and the entire teaching staff were just excellent, and current and potential fashion students should definitely consider enrolling in this program and experience what it has to offer.”
Loosli has earned certificates in Fashion Design and Fashion Entrepreneurship and her associate’s degree in Fashion Design. Following a review of her designs portfolio, she was accepted into the Fashion Design program at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago and has completed her Bachelor in Fine Arts degree in Fashion Design.
In 2017, she received first place in the 16th Annual Driehaus Awards for Fashion Excellence competition. Her collection, inspired by Gothic architecture, was featured on Fox 32 and ABC 7 as well as in the Chicago Tribune. As part of the award for winning first place, her pieces were on display at the Neiman Marcus store in downtown Chicago on Michigan Avenue, and she met Michael Kors during the presentation of his fall collection.
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.”
(Pictured: Anna Loosli with Designer Michael Kors)
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