Total loan: $8,000


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Redlands, CA, United States / Clothing

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Rebecca's story

Born and raised in Southern California, I grew up singing, dancing and acting in local community theatre. I was always drawn to the world behind the scenes, which lead me to study Costume Design for the Theatre at California State University Fullerton. Upon earning my Bachelor's Degree, I moved to New York City to study fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Technology, and that is when my brand IRISHLATINA was born. While at school, I was chosen to compete in the annual FUSION runway show; a competition between Parsons School of Design and the Fashion Institute of Technology, two of the nations top design schools. Since graduating, I have qualified for the top 50 in the MUUSE X Vogue Talents Young Vision Award Competition. My brand, IRISHLATINA, has been featured in Bust Magazine, British Vogue, LA Times, Womens Wear Daily and the Steve Madden blog series "On Our Radar". I have presented my collections at Los Angeles Fashion Week, Mercedes-Benz El Paso Fashion Week, and several shows in New York City including 3 charity fashion shows with Sisters On The Runway, an affiliate of Safe Horizon which raises money for victims of domestic violence. Through IRISHLATINA, I hope to make a positive impact on the fashion industry for social and environmental improvement.