With runway cred already under his belt — Chase debuted his edgy, 'off the wall' and highly wearable collection at the 2010 Art to Wear — this senior Fashion Development/Product Management major is a designer triple threat. He can take an idea on paper to cohesive collection to finished piece high on a buyers' go-to list ultimately at the front of a consumers' closet.
A jacket Chase made in at a weeklong design camp convinced him to attend NC State. "At other fashion schools you might get creative direction and do a sketch," he says.
"In our workrooms, we have machines that can do anything that the industry would do. I can produce fibers, turn those fibers into yarn and create fabric. I can print it, dye it, put a finish on it — anything I want."
Chase is positive about his post-graduation prospects. "I'll graduate with a business and creative education as well as experience actually producing products. I'll be more marketable to companies." One place we won't be seeing Chase's designs appear? What not to wear.