Timaya Kasey got her start as a designer by watching a teacher create costumes for school productions. “I decided that I wanted to learn how to design my own clothes, so I tried to teach myself,” she says. However, she didn’t really learn how to design until she took her first design studio class at the University of North Carolina Greensboro.
Timaya is currently a senior at UNCG majoring in Consumer, Apparel and Retail Studies with a minor in Entrepreneurship. She grew up in Roanoke, Virginia before moving to Charlotte in middle school.
Timaya says her favorite thing about designing is “being able to turn a simple idea in my head into something real.”
“The most interesting item that I have ever created is the paper dress for the Unconventional Material Challenge for the Goodwill fashion show because I had to really put in a lot of work to get the paper dress to look like a real dress,” says Timaya.
Timaya finds her design motivation from her dreams, aspirations and family, which inspire her to keep going and always strive to do better. She lists Olivier Rousteing, Alexander Wang and Riccardo Tisci as her favorite designers.