New York up-and-coming designer, Andrea Lucchese, is building her career in the fashion industry and is doing it her own way. Andrea has been studying design for ten years and is committed to remaining true to her one-of-a-kind vision. She has carried her passion for the arts with her since she was a young girl, and put it into action at an early stage in her life. She took art classes, coordinated school fashion shows and participated in many design competitions. She prides herself in being a self-confidant leader who works tirelessly and enjoys collaborating with others. She has always been very innovative and has experimented with many aspects of design.
During high school, she involved herself with various art classes involving pastels, watercolors, oils, cartooning and portraiture. This is what lead her to her first fashion design and illustration class at the Haute Couture School of Fashion, Fine Arts & Design. It was at this fabulous school where her passion for design and fashion flourished. The Haute Couture School of Fashion, Fine Arts & Design provided her with an excellent foundation for the fashion industry. She enrolled in this fashion school where she focused on pattern drafting, sewing, fashion design, illustration and visual arts. It is an extremely well rounded school that provides visionaries with the proper foundation and portfolio they need for their future. It allows children and adults to try new things and develop new skills. It gives them an opportunity to learn something they could have never learned without a school like this. Andrea would not be where she is today if it was not for her mentor Joanne Dice, and the Haute Couture School of Fashion, Fine Arts & Design.
Andrea Lucchese truly believes that her life lessons have been preparing her for a career which will combine intelligence, creativity and the love of fashion design. The Haute Couture School of Fashion Arts and Design prepared her not only technically for university, but mentally and emotionally as well. She grew to have an understanding of the industry before entering it. It is definitely an industry you need to be ready for. It is extremely fast paced and you need be prepared for it, and the best way to do that is to start at an early age and become as comfortable and confident as possible with yourself and your skills. The first garment Andrea ever sewed was a shirt. She wanted to quit after ripping out the sleeve three times, but she persevered and finished despite her frustration. As her skills and self-confidence increased, her creativity and desire to sew and design soared. Since attending this school, Andrea graduated top of her class with a bachelor’s degree in fashion design, and had the opportunity within those 4 years to study abroad in Florence gaining international fashion design experience. She has had several amazing opportunities for interning with some of the best designers in New York, including, J. Mendel, Marchesa and Chado Ralph Rucci. She received the Critics Choice Award for her senior collection and was featured on several websites, blogs and in the 2012 Summer Issue of V magazine. She continues to make strides in the industry, but forever remembers where it all began, which was the illustration class with Joanne Dice at the Haute Couture School of Fashion Arts and Design.