From her sketchbook to the runway: Local fashion designer grabs attention of Fashion Week designers

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You’re probably familiar with the saying, “if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.”

One SCAD alumna knows that first hand as an up-and-coming fashion designer.

But before she takes her talents to  Atlantic City Fashion Week & Vancouver Fashion Week  this fall—

News 3’s Courtney Cole sat down with Danietté Thomas to learn more about the woman behind the needle and thread .

“My mom tells me I’ve been talking about it ever since I was in the second grade, but I don’t consciously remember that.”

What Danietté Thomas can remember is always having a pencil and paper in her hand.

“I was always sketching in class growing up here in Savannah. And by the time I got to middle school we no longer had to wear uniforms. So I would find myself sketching clothes that I couldn’t find in the local stores.”

But it was an interaction she had early on that would change her fate forever…

“One day a professor came up to me and said, ‘Um, are you going to make that?’ I wasn’t aware that it was possible or anything of that sort. But by the time she explained it to me, where I could visually understand making clothing-I decided I wanted to be a fashion designer by the end of the day.”

Fast forward to the young age of 25,  and this SCAD grad is not only catching the eyes of her friends and professors–but now the attention of designers at Atlantic City and Vancouver Fashion Weeks.

“When I initially graduated a year ago, some things happened, some things didn’t-some e-mails fell through, but I think all along this is what I was meant to do. Because it’s a lot of work, it can be very stressful, but I genuinely enjoy the process from beginning to end,” Thomas told News 3.

And it’s the end that she wants to share with you at her fundraiser,  Bee Royal Runway Fashion Show,  at the end of the month.

“It’s going to be fun, going to be a great experience,” said Thomas.

An experience she hopes will encourage others to follow their dreams.

“It’s a lot of people that grow up here that are interested in it as well. And by seeing me and my story, I think it will encourage many other people to do the same.”

If you’d like to support Danietté Thomas and check out some of her designs, here are the show details:

Bee Royal Runway Fashion Show

Saturday July 30th

Ships of the Sea Museum Garden in Savannah

Doors open at 5:00 p.m.

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