Physics and Fashion

7 Apr

QUESTION: how do you stay focused and positive when there’s a lot of students and competition going around? I’m just starting as a fashion design student and not all the people are friendly and nice in my classes :/

ANSWER: I asked my assistant, Liz for her opinion and it sparked a great conversation.  As girls in our mid 20’s we both feel the same way and we know where you are coming from. College can be tough, especially with the fashion industry and there are a lot of girls who are catty!  We both agreed that as we grew older we naturally became much more confident. Certain people are just jerks; it’s always easier to be a “hater” who criticizes everyone instead of making something on your own. Either way, I think the best thing to do is focus on working hard designing things that make YOU proud and happy. In the end that will be enough inspiration to keep designing!

QUESTION: did or do you ever want to be a really big and famous fashion designer?
for example- chanel, prada, betsey johnson, dior, etc

ANSWER: I never necessarily think of it in that way, or as something I absolutely need to do but… I do love working and pushing myself to be as successful as possible.  I love my life now and I think that I am very lucky to be able to do something that I love so much all day long.  Plus, the girls that work with me are a lot more than employees, they have become great friends and work is always fun.  I would like to eventually make the transition from a handmade line to having things produced… but I like the idea of building my line from the ground up, so when that transition comes it will be natural.

QUESTION: do you have any advice to give someone if they have clothes they really like and want to wear, but they care too much of other people’s opinions, they don’t have enough confidence, and they’re afraid people in school will think they’re outfit is ridiculous?

ANSWER: I totally feel you on this one! I’ve had lots of moments where I’ve felt like I needed to tone myself down, because I don’t want to look like a spectacle.  I could say something generic like “be yourself and wear what ever you want to wear!!” but honestly, I don’t even do that myself.  In providence, I pretty much wear what ever I want and with the places that I go, people appreciate it and I always feel comfortable.  Although my family’s from Connecticut, so when I come home to visit I don’t usually dress the same way I would here.  I hate being stared at, and even if i wear something no one would look twice at here (except because they think i look cute!) I feel like everyone is staring at me in a conservative small town because I look a tiny bit different from what they are used to.  So I would say, when you’re with your friends and going out, dress however you want to!  For something like school, you could pair things you think are a little bit over the top with more “normal stuff” so that you are still doing your own style but you don’t feel uncomfortable.  Like I said before, I remember having the same feelings in high school and college, and trust me, as you get older you will start to feel a lot more comfortable and confident.

QUESTION: Hi Kelly, Can you tell me why the electron doesn’t spiral into the positively charged core of an atom? I thought these guys were supposed to be attracted to each other? – Anonymous for Physics

ANSWER: Well, even though some things seem like they’re meant to be, I guess the universe works in mysterious ways. I’ve seen totes random relationships where the “attraction” is mind boggling! But seriously, if things are spiraling out of control then you know it’s time to address the core issue; has this Adam really found his Eve? I found my Adam but this electronic connection isn’t always easy to find!

Thanks to everyone who submitted a question!  If I didn’t get to yours today, check back next week.   You can use the tumblr and formspring links to the right to submit questions anonymously! 


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