I can’t even begin to share how hard it was to select 30 designers. The quality of applications was insanely good and both schools had the brightest, most talented, most ambitious designers apply. My favorite part of the entire application process is when I get to make a phone call letting a candidate know they’ve been accepted into Fusion. Screams, excitement, and laughter usually follow. It inspires me and provides me with enough fuel to get me to the shows.
Our first designer meeting was fun. Everyone seemed a bit anxious in the beginning. There was a lot of me talking and blank stares, however, once the conversation started to flow the energy increased tenfold. Can we do this? Should we do that? When can we do this? All exciting. All relevant. All uplifting.
So, the official Fusion ball has started rolling down a long bedazzled hill. Along the way, we will pick up models, volunteers, judges, contacts, sponsors, and friendships. All of which are key components to this show. But, the biggest components our sparkly Fusion ball will pick up along the way are the most vital – fans, spirited students, and believers in talent. We couldn’t do this show with you.
Designers, start your engines.