Thirteen year-old Aaliyah Fisher is from Dumas, Arkansas and already has quite a resume in fashion design. Her line, Grafetti, was launched at the Midsouth Summit Black Expo and she has gone on to participate in the HoodNic Fashion show in Dumas, AR where she received the first Starving Artist Spotlight Award presented by Arkansas designer Nicole McGehee, creator of the Nicole McGehee Collection. Her future agenda includes the Women of Excellence Ceremony founded by Rhonda Aaron of Sister Friends United and the Izsomie Fashion Show founded by Theresa Baker.
Most recently she became the youngest designer to ever show at Little Rock Fashion Week and her mother, Shaneka Jones, is her biggest supporter saying, ” I am very proud and I believe in supporting my children.”
Fisher is poised and ready to go pro, but still maintains her innocent nature and fresh outlook on life as comes through in our following interview.
What is your training in design and how has this prepared you for working in the fashion industry?
With every show that I’ve done, I’ve learned new things. I still have more to learn. My mom deals with a lot of things that I don’t understand…I just do the fashion end of it.
What one piece of advice would you give to someone wanting to start a career in fashion?
Never give up if you know this is what you want to do. You don’t have to know how to sew to be a designer, but I think it would be helpful.
Where do you get your inspiration for your designs?
I get my insprirations from all kind of things- colors, images…I just love fashion. I always keep a notepad and pencil on me, so when I get an image in my head I can draw it right then.
How would you describe the fashion industry in Arkansas and what changes would you like to see happen, if any?
When people think of Arkansas, they think of it just being “country.” There are a lot of great designers that come from here and I would just like for the image of Arkansas to be changed. Classy people come from here, too.
What is the best perk in being a designer?
Getting a chance to meet new people and I love doing fashion shows.
What is the most difficult aspect of running your own label?
It’s difficult, because I go to school still. I focus on my label on weekends only during the school year.
What trends do you foresee being big in fall/winter 2011?
Lots of colors to represent Grafetti and some new things that I am putting together.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a designer?
I have been sketching out designs since I was in the 2nd grade. I’ve known since then that I wanted to be a designer.
What was the first piece you ever constructed?
The first piece I ever constructed was actually a pillow.
Can you describe your line and where can people find your designs?
My line is colorful and reflects me! You can find my designs on my website: http://www.grafetti03.com/