Student excels in fashion design with results to match – The Daily Aztec
Sometimes things work out for the best, even if you have no idea what you’re going to do with your life, or at least for Faith Schneider-Reuter.
Schneider-Reuter is a senior studying interdisciplinary studies, business marketing, communications, and graphic design at San Diego State. She is originally from Humboldt, Calif., and moved to San Diego to attend SDSU.
When she was a senior in high school, one thing was for sure, she developed a love for fashion like no other.
“I made my prom dress out of fabric I found at a thrift store. After that, I was like, ‘Oh, I really want to do this,’ so after that, I kept making clothes,” Schneider-Reuter said. “I didn’t really know what I wanted to do so I decided not to go to fashion school and ended up at SDSU.”
That path wasn’t always something Schneider-Reuter knew she wanted to pursue. When she was 16, she graduated from high school with no plans in mind.
She had many interests, but wasn’t sure if she wanted to go to fashion school. Sometimes she wished SDSU had a degree in fashion, but in the end, she’s glad it didn’t, because being self-taught in fashion and tailoring helps to know the fashion industry well.
“You learn certain techniques of making clothes the traditional way, and I feel like I want to go about it, it’s not traditional,” Schneider-Reuter said. “So I feel like I’m glad I didn’t get those traditional learning skills and even though I get it wrong sometimes and it’s not right, I kind of like it.”
Schneider-Reuter’s time at SDSU has allowed her to grow in many areas of interdisciplinary study and helped her decide on the path she wants to take with fashion.
In one of her marketing classes, one of her assignments was to reach out to someone she admires, and it turned into a great opportunity.
“There was a lady named Riza Clave. I reached out to Instagram DM (direct message) I think my second year…and she’s a custom clothing designer for artists in LA,” Schneider-Reuter said. “I reached out to her on Instagram for an informative interview.”
The stars aligned for Schneider-Reuter when Clave reached out and mentioned a student internship program — and the rest was history. She started a mentorship program under Clave where she learned the ins and outs of the fashion industry and pursued her interests.
Thanks to the internship, Schneider-Reuter was able to show her creations at San Diego Fashion Week.
“So this was my first major exhibition of my designs and kind of coming out as a ‘designer,'” Schneider-Reuter said.
Learning under Clave was a good life lesson for her because now when she approaches anyone in the fashion industry, she always goes up to those she wants to learn from.
In the past year since San Diego Fashion Week, Schneider-Reuters has waited to release anything, but has created new items anyway. When the COVID-19 pandemic started, she started selling masks and distributed 500 masks to black Humboldt students.
After spending all this time creating masks, she felt a bit exhausted. This year, she is focusing her time thinking about her next step on how to gradually enter the fashion industry.
“Just because there are so many issues with it. With fast fashion and like the buy-and-donate consumer mindset that we have,”
says Schneider-Reuter. “So I try to intentionally move into that space, consciously altering that state of mind in some way through my clothes.”
At the end of the day, she’s still figuring things out and trying to pursue something she loves while hoping to make it even better.
“I want to change the idea of what fashion is,” Schneider-Reuter said.