Aspiring designer from Lady's Island wins scholarship in fashion contest

abredeson@islandpacket.comMay 19, 2013 

As a little girl, Meaghan Senn loved putting on fashion shows in her living room. The Lady's Island teenager said she has always been enamored with the world of fashion. She loves looking at fashion blogs, reading fashion magazines and watching "Project Runway."

Now Senn, 18, is on her way to learning even more about the industry.

A senior at South Carolina Virtual Charter School, Senn was recently named the first-place winner of The Art Institute of Charleston's Passion for Fashion Competition in the Fashion Marketing & Merchandising and Retail Management category.

She will receive a $3,000 tuition scholarship to study fashion at The Art Institute of Charleston and will go on to the national competition.

The Art Institute of Charleston is a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta. The institute asked participants to design mood boards forecasting trends for the spring.

To predict those trends, Senn said she researched fashion shows from the last Fashion Week, and picked out what was the most popular and what she liked the best. She said she predicted that clothing and prints from other cultures would be hot this spring. She focused on fashion in India, Africa and Spain.

Senn said she predicted "a lot of animal print and paisley, and embroidery and stripes, and a lot of bright colors" would be trendy this spring.

Lynne Riding, program coordinator and head of Fashion Design and Fashion Retail Management at The Art Institute of Charleston, said Senn titled her mood board "The Jetsetting Fashionista."

"As everything is going very global, we thought she'd sort of hit something head on," Riding said. "It was pretty pertinent what she picked."

Riding said Senn's mood board was put together very well. She used examples of fabric and landscape pictures, and it all fit well with the color palettes. She said Senn really understood the assignment and put it all together in a very professional way.

Senn said she will begin classes at the Charleston school in July. She hopes to eventually either be a creative director, a celebrity stylist or be in charge of photo shoots and fashion shows.

"We thought, 'Gosh, she'd be a delight to have as a student,'" Riding said. "She looks to be a very intelligent student with a very good eye for fashion, and I'm just looking forward to working with her and helping her on her way."

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