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An Interview with Austin Kopp
Junior BFA Student & Rising Fashion Designer – Austin Kopp (AK)
Who is Austin Kopp? I am a very detail oriented and organized person. There is a rhyme or reason for everything I do. I believe every decision we make will have an impact on the future, so I live my life in a disciplined and morally driven way. I strive to be as productive as possible, and I attempt to experience as many new things as I can because I feel as if I can never consume enough. I am a creative individual because of my personality, not my skills. I believe as people, we all have untapped potentials; mine are never ending. If I set my mind to something, I will approach it with all efforts and energy. I believe my talents come from my drive to learn and grow as a person. As a creative individual, I strive for authenticity. I don’t create and work tirelessly because I want to be recognized, paid or respected. I am here to learn, grow and be the best version of myself.
What drives your passion in the arts, and as an art and design student? What drives my passion is growth. I create because I learn something every time I go through the process of developing a new product. Whether it was a success or not, there is always something I take away from that experience, whether good or bad. I feel that in my clothing, there is a much deeper passion that drives me. When developing products, I strive to be fully engaged in the medium and my practice. When I design clothing, I do it based off my style and my vision. My goal is to fully submit to the work, and allow for the purity and authenticity in myself to prevail in my creations. My passion is driven by the feeling my customers get when wearing one of my products. I create clothing because of my unique sense of style, and I sell clothing to make people feel unique and empowered.
Who is your favorite fashion designer? I wouldn’t say I have a single favorite designer because I admire so many different designers and styles. I feel the clothing industry is ever evolving, so it is hard to distinguish who my favorite would be. Even though I like so many, Rhuigi Villaseñor is a designer that particularly stands out due to his rapid success and extremely unique designs.
What is your favorite food? Seafood or Italian
Best movie you’ve seen in your life time? Interstellar, if it’s not the best it would definitely be in my top 10.
What was an aha moment for you? One of the biggest aha moments I’ve had was when I first started making clothing. I essentially had no knowledge or formal education going into fashion design, everything I know has been self-taught. My first aha moment was about eight months in; I began to get experimental with my designs and their functions. I started to develop a trucker jacket that I believed could have been one of the most unique articles of clothing I’ve ever seen. It took me about five to six months to design and complete, but when I finished it, I was in awe with myself. Not only did it fit extremely well, but it was truly one of the most unique pieces of clothing I have ever seen. That is when I knew this path was for me.
Best thing you like about the arts in Louisville? For me personally the best thing about the arts in Louisville is that the playing floor isn’t saturated. I believe Louisville is in the process of developing a much larger art scene than the city has ever seen, and I am extremely excited for what the future brings!
What has been your favorite class at KyCAD thus far? One of my favorite classes at KyCAD was a film introduction class. It was one of my favorites because I had never been introduced to that side of art/design, so it was very exciting to learn more about it.
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