Crystal Garcia – Senior Thesis Project 2021

Major: BFA Fashion Design

Hometown: Watsonville, CA

I knew I wanted to be a fashion designer since I was in the fourth grade. At that age, I was regularly asked what I wanted to be when I grew up. I had no idea how to answer until one day my mom walked by my room as I was hand-sewing clothes for my Barbies and I said to her “Why can’t this be a career?” It was then when she told me about fashion designers and I have aspired to become one ever since.

For my thesis collection, I drew inspiration from The Simpsons. When I was young, my family couldn’t afford cable so the only time I got to see cartoons was on the free channels and The Simpsons was my favorite. I enjoyed the colors, the characters, the humor, and the life lessons. As a woman, I love pockets, and a lot of the clothes I like don’t have them or simply don’t have enough. So as a fashion designer, I make sure that my garments have enough pockets. I also enjoy clothing that is different and unique in function, therefore each clothing item I have turns into something else. I have garments that turn into purses or Fanny packs. It’s sustainable in that the wearer can use the garment in more than one way – instead of buying an extra purse, you have one. My collection makes it fun, easy, and functional for women to go out. I also included my own patterns inspired by the characters.

Videographer: Nicolas Boffman, BA Communications & Media Technologies
Model: Savannah Lee