By Aliza Bogosian – Contributing Writer
With fashion design being such a popular major at Lasell, chances are you know of, or are friends with at least one of us. Even if you don’t know a fashion major, as college students I think we all understand being strapped for cash. In addition to the requisite college expenses of textbooks, Netflix, Spotify Premium, and absurd amounts of Easy Mac, senior fashion design students also have to budget for their Senior Collections.
Think of Senior Collection like a yearlong capstone where by the end of the process, an eight-look collection is created. After a year’s worth of blood, sweat, and tears, it all comes down to three minutes on the runway in April. Senior Collections vary as much as the people designing them – and so does the cost.
Fashion design is not the most economical of chosen fields and we were all aware of that from the start. In addition to our lab fee of $180 each semester and other college expenses, it seems a little elitist to assume that each senior design student has the extra money to pursue designing their dream collection.
Students pay for fabric, thread, zippers, buttons, hangers, accessories, shoes, and much more. It’s common to hear students say they’ve been saving money for their senior collection since freshman year. It’s also typical for students to budget a certain amount for each look. For those of us who do not have the extra savings, or even $100 per look, options are limited. There are some students who are fortunate enough to have the financial support from family, but that is not the case for many students.
I think that if each senior design student was given a small stipend, it would be very beneficial. Perhaps the mandatory lab fee could be resolved so that money can be put toward other purchases.
On behalf of senior design students, we implore you to help us solve this problem. This is not meant to be a list of complaints, nor do I have all of the answers, but I think this is a conversation that needs to be had.