#WCW: Cathy Lin
This week for our #WCW post, I'll be featuring: Cathy. I had met Cathy during my summer abroad, attending the short courses through UAL. She is originally from the BC area of Canada and currently finishing up her degree at the Maryland Institute College of Art. I was totally inspired by this girl, by how focused she was on her education. Striving to make an entry into the world of fashion. It's refreshing to see girls in their younger twenties so focused on their dreams. I for one definitely did not have that motivation at a young age. So, I thought it would be fun to have a mini interview with Cathy seeing she is going to graduate at the end of the spring semester.
1. What do you want to be when you grow up?
If I weren’t in the fashion field right now, I’d want to be a contortionist in Cirque du Soleil, haha.
On a serious note, I’m still figuring that part out, seeing as I’m still learning new things about myself, and my mind is changing all the time. But as of now, I’ve been more and more interested in underwear and lingerie design! I think what makes it worth it is the idea of other people feeling beautiful and empowered when they wear what I make.
2. Who or what is inspiring you during this time?
As a senior in college (at the Maryland Institute College of Art), I’ve been pretty busy working on my thesis project, Dear [Blank], which is a line that plays with the idea of revealing and concealing the body and self.
A large part of my line focuses on undergarments, so I’ve been researching and discovering new companies for daily inspiration. Pansy, Lahanaswim, and Mary Young are some of my favorites right now, and I love that even with their individualized styles, they all place an emphasis on the wearer’s comfort and empowerment.
3. How does wearing lingerie make you feel?
Wearing underwear and lingerie makes me feel empowered by my femininity. They’re things that we wear that are closest to our skin, and whether it’s a simple cotton bralette or a pair of intricate lace panties, I find that they embrace and accentuate the natural beauty of the body.
4. What’s your favorite style/brand/whatever at the moment?
Chromat’s Autum/Winter 2018: WAVVY collection is kind of my obsession right now. I’m amazed by their use of bold colors and unique styles, and their incorporation of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos is hilarious! It’s the best thing I’ve ever seen.
5. What’s next for you?
Well, I’m graduating in May, which is nerve-racking, but also exciting! I’ll be going back home to Canada and Taiwan to visit my family, and possibly be making a trip to Japan, too!
In terms of work, although it’d be nice to be located in New York, I’m not set on anything, so I’ve been looking into different lingerie and underwear companies that I could apply to for internships and jobs.
... So, if you know anyone who is hiring, hit me up (just kidding, but not really).
6. What got you into the field of lingerie and fashion?
I’ve always had a slight interest in fashion design and garment construction since I was young, but I didn’t know how to pattern or sew, and could barely knit and crochet. It wasn’t until I went to college and became a Fiber major that I realized I wanted to focus on underwear and lingerie design and construction, so I started looking for ways to learn as much as I could.
I interned at the Shilo Byrd Studio last summer, where I had the opportunity to pattern and sew my very first bodysuit. I remember feeling so accomplished, and being so eager to learn more. Later that summer, I took a few lingerie patterning and sewing courses at the University of the Arts London (where I met you, haha!). I think that summer was my big jump into the fashion and lingerie field.
If you want to find more details on Miss Cathy, be sure to check out her website.