My name is Rafael Romo and I am a former student of Mary Boskovich’s Fashion Merchandising and Retail Sales class at Lincoln Technical Academy. I attended the program for two years — my junior and senior year of high school.
I am now currently attending the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles to receive my Associate of Arts degree in Fashion Design. I am scheduled to graduate on June 21, 2014.
After my completion at FIDM I plan on attending the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, where I will continue my education into my bachelor’s degree. The school has been consistently rated top three in the nation for fashion design, and I have had the honor to recently be accepted into the incredible school.
My interest in fashion started from a very young age. I was very lucky to have people working in the garment industry. My grandmother’s and aunt’s occupations were creating uniforms for private schools. I was introduced to what a sewing machine was at the age of 10.
From that point on I really began researching what a career in fashion could really be. This led me into enrolling into Mrs. Boskovich’s course in fashion merchandising. I always refer to her as my fashion fairy godmother. She was the first person to really give me a realistic dose of what this crazy industry is. Her class has prepared in more ways that I could possibly think of. Her lectures on the subjects like the fashion cycle to job interview information have helped me so much since I started FIDM and moved to Los Angeles.
While at FIDM some of the classes were a breeze to me since the prior knowledge I received in Mrs. Boskovich’s class. She also helped me land my first retail job in Los Angeles at the corporate Forever 21.
I remember before my interview I still could imagine her saying to me “Remember to not play with your hands or feet and have excellent eye contact.”
I still to this day use the resume I constructed in her class.
After my time at Forever 21 I received an amazing opportunity to have a position as an intern for London men’s wear designer, Shaun Samson, where I am currently. He shows at London men’s fashion week and does production in Los Angeles. I have learned so much everyday since the day I started.
Attending FIDM and interning for Shaun Samson I have learned what commitment really is, what it is to work under pressure, and how to juggle various tasks while meeting deadlines.
Lodi made me learn I was hungry for more and for what is out there. It helped me take my ambition, determination, and passion to make the big move into taking my dream into a reality. I was always different. I didn’t ever like any sport or anything of that nature.
While most young men obsessed over cars and video games, I obsessed over beautiful clothing. All my experiences in Lodi and now Los Angeles have reassured me that this is what I want to do with my life. I live, breathe, eat, drink, inhale, and exhale fashion. It is the first thing that wakes me up in the morning and the last thing I think about that puts me to sleep.
There is nothing that I am more passionate about.
I believe fashion is not just clothes but an art form, the best kind of art form because we live our life in it. William Shakespeare is considered an artist because of his literature. Leonardo Da Vinci is considered an artist because of his paintings/sculptures. I want to be considered an artist because of my garments. I want to share my art form with the world.
Rafael Romo will be featured as a guest designer for the upcoming R.O.P fashion show, “The Golden Age,” Wednesday April 2 at 6:30 p.m. at Lincoln Technical Academy.