Former student takes over Boston fashion scene

By Paris Adams & Danielle Hogan – 1851 Staff 

Meghan Hughes Original Design
Original designs of Meghan Hughes are modeled above. Photo courtesy of Meghan Hughes

Meghan Hughes is a Boston based fashion designer, who creates whimsical garb that is wearable for everyday. Hughes was a member of the class of 2013, graduating with a degree in Fashion Design. A native of Jamaica Plain, the 26-year-old has made a name for herself within the Boston design scene. 

At Lasell, Hughes was able to learn the fundamentals of fashion design, taking advantage of the many resources and connections the school offers. “I didn’t know how to sew at all or make anything when I came, so, definitely everything I know I learned at Lasell,” said Hughes.

Since a young age, Hughes had an interest in fashion and creating. “I don’t know where it really came from, it was just kind of natural… I knew all along it was something I was interested in and good at, something I wanted to learn more about,” she said.

Hughes spent her first semester of college at Boston University, but immediately knew she would much rather be studying fashion.

Hughes had opportunities coming at her left and right due to connections she made through Lasell; her modeling, working on the fashion shows and galleries, as well as participating in Lasell’s fashion magazine “Polished.” Lasell provided a lot of opportunities to meet people in the industry and it was up to the students to take advantage of them. “Obviously Professor Blake and Anne Vallely had a ton of resources and friends they could reach out to if you ever asked for it,” said Hughes. “I still talk to Professor Blake sometimes and she’s really cool about keeping in touch, asking if I could help somebody out or if I would be interested in opportunities, she’s so great.”

Hughes notes Betsey Johnson’s quirky collections as one of her major inspirations, saying “She was the only wacky and fun designer in the industry.” Hughes’s newest collection employs the same wacky and fun aspects that are seen in Johnson’s designs.

“[Johnson] reminded me that you can do something different and fun; that fashion isn’t serious and sleek all the time — it’s really whatever you want. It can be as crazy and colorful as you want it to be. I look to her for the confidence that I can do something different,” said Hughes.

Speaking on her inspiration, Hughes tries to stick to pop culture. She takes inspiration from major influencers such as David Bowie, Nancy Sinatra, Tim Burton, Pippy Longstocking, and Punky Brewster. She looks back into her childhood at characters, such as Pippy and Punky, which helps keep her designs fun because it was such an innocent time in her life. She looks for inspiration from music as well.

Professionally, Hughes has collections through Nineteenth Amendment, who first spotted her at her senior review. Nineteenth Amendment provides independent designers a connection with manufacturers and in turn gives them a platform. Hughes described her brand as bold, colorful and fun pieces for someone to mix and match with every day for a new look, putting out two collections per year with Nineteenth Amendment.

Aside from designing, Hughes has spent her years after Lasell as a substitute art teacher in a local school. Currently, she is focusing all of her energy on fashion and design and picking up part-time or freelance opportunities as they come.

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