Constant thrumming, extreme concentration, heart palpitating, fingers steady, anxiety and passion synchronized. This is the intense process of eighteen year-old, Jessica Fan’s imagination breathing “It’s a way of life.” “I remember it in year 6, they asked us what we wanted to be when we grow up- immediately, I knew I wanted to be fashion designer, I always have. I love fashion and creating a work of my own,” the dark-haired beauty said.
Jessica Fan, 18, designed her formal dress and finished 3 hours before formal.
Fan’s passion for design gave her fearlessness to design her own year twelve formal dress, a rarity among High School Students. With a daring smile, she said “I love to take risks,” She laughs then immediately brightens at what she confesses next, “I finished my dress three hours before Formal.” Vividly she continues, “I chucked an all nighter, of course I was stressing. My friends and Parents were all calling me up and asking where I’m up to…I had a back up dress that I could have went and bought that day but I disagreed against my doubts and kept telling myself that ‘I could do this.’” She openly admits she surpassed her doubts, an inspiring moral of endurance.
“When looking for formal dress during year twelve, I couldn’t find the ‘perfect’ dress. Even if they were gorgeous, they would be out of my price range. Despite the experience of a year twelve formal would be once in a life time, I didn’t want to chuck out loads of money for a few hours spent,” Fan reveals.
Jessica Fan, in blue, showcasing her unique design with friend.
Fan gleams at the idea of fashion having the power to reflect ones personality. She delves further, “Someone may be very shy but they can dress very out there. There is no right way to dress and there are definitely a wide range of colors, textures and complexities a person can experiment with when dressing up. It’s a way of life in a way. I would love to help people design clothes that are most comfortable and suited for them.
Fan designs whenever she is spiced with inspiration, the greatest thoughts are struck when the mind is wondering. She is engulfed with creativity’s perfume. Fan obtains a natural talent with cooking, “I like the idea of making something scratch!” similarly, linked to the finished product and self-fulfillment of designing. She goes on, “I can experiment with different ingredients and how they would make different flavors together.”t. Fan has also won two Art competitions during High School, one where she made it on the newspaper. Her excitement and pride was blatant.
Fan states, “They (her family) kind of knew I was already in Fashion. Based around their thoughts, it’s along the lines of ‘you’re probably not going to go far. Especially with Asian Parents, they want me to be a Doctor or a Dentist… You have to be the best.” The fear of unemployment is evident in any parent, she balances this out with a traditional Chinese Value of respect. “I want to do the best for them and for me, especially because they’ve done so much for me,” Fan’s admiration for her parents also seem to be another motivator. She also noted the difficulties living from an underprivileged life in China, “We don’t go through the hard times and hardships, so the only thing we can do is give back to them.”
“I’d like to have a job that has at least a bit of relation with fashion. Whether it’d be a fashion magazine or helping others achieve their dream in fashion.,” Fan envisions. She is determined to find a way to pursue her passion, despite difficulties and rejection – something we should all openly embrace. “You have to always have a really broad view open,” suggest Fan.