The Next Big Thing: Toddie Christian

Toddie moved to New York 4 years ago with the hopes of making a splash in the fashion industry. A self-taught designer, he landed two competitive internships - one at MAO PR, a public relations company located in the Meatpacking District and another with the famed celebrity designers, The Blonds New York.

During these internships, Christian learned the ropes of the fashion industry. He was given the opportunity to meet several important stylists and editors within the fashion industry as well as a first hand look into what it takes to produce fashion shows during New York Fashion Week.

Upon completion of these two internships, Christian decided to focus on turning his dreams into reality. He started bar tending and began to save money with the hopes of producing capsule collections that he could use to gain recognition within the fashion industry. His main focus being custom-made, one of a kind garments.

His latest collection showcases inspiration from fashion illustrations of the 1930's. Christian maintains simplicity and elegance as he creates the illusion of women with mile long legs, much like the illustrations he fell in love with from the 30's.

In order for Christian to make a statement in his Spring collection, he created elongated skirts, pants and trench coats, which can be worn by the everyday woman (upon hemming) or used in an editorial spread.

Always inspired by a woman's ability to transform herself, Christian often looks for fabrics that show off a woman's seductive side. He loves to use lingerie and body-conscious designs as inspiration. So much so, that Christian taught himself the art of corset building and studied lingerie design.

Christian is currently focusing on making appropriate career moves and believes hard work pays off. Up and coming in the New York fashion scene, Christian takes pride in how he uses real fabrics and all of his garments are professionally constructed. In a world that sacrifices quality for quantity, Christian is here to show the world that there is no substitute for taking your time and assembling perfection.

Who are the people that inspired you to follow your dreams?

Was there a turning point in your life that led to your current direction?

How could you advise young people to learn from their failures?

What plans do you have for your career that we would have never suspected?

How do you plan to keep expanding your brand into more industries?

With so much going on in your life right now, how do you keep yourself humble and focused in this city?

What is your biggest tip for entrepreneurs and aspiring fashion designers?

What techniques do you use to find out the latest trends for your collection?

Who is your collection targeted to?

What is the next step for your career?

For more on Toddie Christian's designs, check out his website.

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