Kelsie Leathers

Kelsie gets involved at Iowa State

Kelsie’s grandmother taught her how to sew at a very young age. Kelsie loves fashion and creating her own clothes. Now, she plans to turn her passion into a career. She enrolled in the apparel design program at Iowa State, with a plan to create her own designer label.

“I began making clothes for others, and their positive reactions to the clothing made me realize this was what I wanted to do,” she said. “I knew I could never get bored because the fashion industry is always changing.”

Kelsie’s journey at Iowa State is just beginning, but she’s determined to make the most of it. As a freshman, she joined two clubs which helped her meet new people and learn skills for her future career.

At first, Kelsie didn’t know of any fashion clubs on campus, but her advisers sent out emails explaining the different clubs, and Kelsie decided to try MODA and TREND.

Kelsie said MODA has done a lot to help her with classes and plan for the future. She said the club often has juniors and seniors come in and help with projects and give other tips. Some days, they do a specific workshop about internships or how to brand.

“I didn’t expect it to be so interactive,” she said. “Most clubs don’t always teach hands on, but I like how MODA does.”

Kelsie’s experience as an editorial writer for TREND helped her realize how much she enjoys writing. Now, she’s considering a minor in journalism. For future fashion students, Kelsie recommends they get involved in both clubs.

“Do both,” she said. “They are both totally different and will help you meet a variety of people and learn new things.”