For Carrie Massie, a junior in Missouri State University’s fashion and interior design program, the chance to work with color and texture, to take her design ideas from paper to fabric and see her designs on the runway, provides a great sense of accomplishment.
“Fashion provides the perfect setting for me to be inspired and try new things,” Massie said. “For me, there is nothing like the thrill of the catwalk.”
As a student, Massie is heavily involved in her classes, in extra-curricular fashion projects and in student organizations. Designing special occasion garments is a major passion for Massie. Even now, as a student, Massie is stretching her entrepreneurial muscles by designing and constructing prom and homecoming dresses for individual clients, from pattern making through construction.
“After graduation, I hope to establish my own design business,” Massie said. “Once I have my degree, I plan to start designing and producing my own looks, and then sell them to retailers. My dream is to see my gowns carried in retail stores nationwide.”
In the classroom, Massie works closely with other students on visual merchandising. Creating window displays for area organizations, Massie and her peers created their own theme, graphics and displays, and assembled it all themselves onsite. In addition, her team, who chose the Park Central Office Building and the Missouri State Resource Store, was also responsible for creating a new layout for the organization. “It was great experience for planning the display of merchandise in a retail setting,” she said.
Massie’s professors have influenced her. “The person who has had the most impact on me is probably Mrs. Sandra Bailey,” Massie said. “She has always encouraged me and pushed me to try harder and go farther. She shows this same encouragement to every one of her students.”
Continuing to put her classroom experience to good use, Massie will soon be an intern with the St. John Injury Prevention Center. The internship will mesh her design expertise while teaching her about public relations and working in the Springfield community.
“I will be doing lots of presentation planning, which is very similar to planning a fashion event,” Massie said. “In order to be successful in my internship, I will be using a lot of the skills I learned in my FMD classes. Fashion is very much a business of selling an idea, whether it’s a new style or a new color. This same concept will be very helpful in my internship, where the main goal is to sell the idea of being safe and making smart decisions.”