Meet Cora Lynn Reply

By Abi Brown1851 Staff

Among Lasell’s notable characters is student designer, model, and poet Cora Lynn. She gets into going against the grain and her personal growth within the art of fashion. To talk about what makes a community great, you need to understand who makes it up and influences it from within. It takes a few underlying creative geniuses to inspire the rest of us, and that is what this new editorial section will aim towards uncovering. Who makes Lasell’s energy unique? Which students remain lowkey but stand out; and what makes them stand out? 

Q: What made you choose this major?

A: Well, I’ve always been passionate about fashion. I’ve always made clothes and bought clothes since I was little, I always dressed my own way, so it just seemed pretty obvious. Art and expression are [also] really important to me so that was implemented in my fashion design too. 

Q: What do you write about?

A: I like to write poetry and sometimes, I used to write short stories a lot, I should probably get back into it. So, mostly poetry and my thoughts. It feels good to put down all the expressions you have.

Q: How else are you involved on campus?

A: I’m sort of part of the Styling and Photography club, I’m doing a shoot with them this semester. I didn’t do anything with them last semester but the semester before that, so kind of on and off. Then I’m involved with the fashion shows, the senior fashion shows… 

Q: How many shows have you been in and do you enjoy modeling or designing more?

A: Since there’s only been the one at the end of the year and then the senior one, I’ve only been here for one year, so just those two and some outside of school. Ugh I don’t know, that’s kind of a hard one because I hate getting my picture taken but I do like runway a lot, I really enjoy that, but I’d probably have to say designing because that’s more myself.

Q: How do you and others describe your style?

A: I’d say very passionate, expressive, beautiful, to me free, and just myself. I’ve heard a lot of different people describe my style in different ways… I hear a lot of things and I don’t agree with some of them, eccentric is one that I kind of agree with because I pick from a lot of different genres, and what I like I wear.

Q: What inspired it? Do we see this inspiration come through in your designs?

A: Myself. I do what I want. Anything that I see that I like, I wear it or I design something around it or I am inspired by it. 

Q: What is it like to work in an atmosphere like the one at Lasell?

A: It helps that it is small… I’m definitely comfortable here and I like seeing familiar faces all the time, but it’s big enough where there’s a lot of different perspectives, and it feels good to be around similar people, interested in fashion.

Q: What is the biggest struggle of being a design student? 

A: The dedication and so much thought and time that goes into… for me, I’m kind of a perfectionist so it takes even more time for me. 

Q: How do you overcome these obstacles?

A: Probably in a nonproductive way because I’ll stress about it, do a little here and there, and when it’s pushing it on the deadline, I’m like, “okay, now I really gotta do it,” so I kind of just push it out in the last 48 hours which kind of makes me go crazy.

Q: What is your greatest strength in fashion?

A: My appreciation for it, my passion for it, and also I think my particular style is unique.

Q: What is your dream job? What do you expect to do once you graduate?

A: I went through a few different end goals in my mind, I wanted to be a costume designer first, then I wanted to be a personal stylist. I think I’m just going to do internships at a few different types of places then decide from there but I’m not quite sure yet. Eventually, just to be a designer for my own brand would be ideal. [But] I don’t even want to think about that… I have to make a more solid plan but we’ll get to that, probably within the last 48 hours of graduating.

 

Q: Do you have any fun facts or advice you want to give?

A: Advice that I also need to take… keep practicing your skills and design things outside of school during breaks. I really should do that. Then practice and do more of what you want to do. 

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