The Single-Item Collection this year at Runway 5.0 features an incredible array of pieces designed by Buffalo State College students from a variety of majors and backgrounds. We recently interviewed Elizabeth Knights, a freshman at Buffalo State College, to learn about her journey and plans for the future, along with her inspiration for Runway 5.0!
RW: Tell me a little about yourself (where you are from, age, hobbies)?
EK: My name is Elizabeth Knights, I am from a small town called Dansville, New York about an hour and a half south east of Buffalo. I am 18 years old and a freshman at Buffalo State College. My hobbies include photography, fishing, thrifting, camping, and rust printing (which you will see in my garment in Runway). I am a “well-rounded” person and I enjoy many types of activities, I am always up for new ones as well. But I primarily spend most of my time with classes, working, keeping my grades up, and creating garments for shows.
RW: Why did you ultimately pick Buffalo State College to kick-start your fashion career?
EK: Being from a very small town I thought Buffalo would be a good step before going to NYC to study. I chose Buffalo State College because a former student from my old high school encouraged me with her success story and explained how Buffalo State prepared her for the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. I also found that this school has a great level of diversity, and being from a small town, I thought it would be good for me to experience different types of people, and would contribute to life lessons!
RW: How have you developed as a designer since you entered BSC?
EK: Though I am just a freshman, I still have grown as a designer. I feel that because I have done three shows, including Runway for my freshman year, I have found how much time and effort it truly takes to create a line! I think that the shows really gave me confidence as a skill more then anything. I have been told that “city kids” have a greater opportunity in the fashion world versus small town people like myself. Now I see that it’s not where you’re from , but where your talent will take you. As a designer you need confidence in your work, and this year has brought me that!
RW: Where have you drawn your inspiration from for you Runway 5.0 collection?
EK: I chose the category of Primal Vs. Futuristic. When I thought of these two, I thought of rust printing, a printing process that my art teacher Ms. Traynor taught me. Rust printing is exactly what it sounds like, you literally make prints with rusty objects. The prints are experimental and always turn out different,which is why I love it so much! I used this print to portray the primal aspect of the piece because of the browns, tans and “earthy” colors that are created while rust printing. When I thought of futuristic I thought of shiny metallic colors. I incorporated this as well into my piece.
RW: Where do you plan on taking your fashion career in the future?
EK: Because I am a freshman Im unaware of where I see myself in the future. I just hope to stay on track here at Buffalo State College and transfer in a few years to the Fashion Institute of Technology where I can fulfill and plan the rest of my journey!
RW: Who is your designer or style icon?
EK: My designer icon is junior designer Danny Ramon Marcelino, a current student at Buffalo State College. He is a great inspiration and motivator and has encouraged me throughout my entire freshman year to participate in Runway! He told me that he knows so many designers who wish they had started young, this is why he pushed me to start as a freshman. Not only is he a great successful inspiration to me, but he is a great designer and knows what he is doing. I love that Danny is such a “well-rounded” type of person, you can tell within his work and with how he interacts with people. I could go on and on about how much I love him, but at the end of the day he truly is the one who pushed me to audition for Runway! Thank You Danny!
Come see Elizabeth this Saturday at Runway 5.0! Tickets are on sale! You can purchase your tickets for both shows at two locations; Rockwell Hall at Buffalo State College, or through any WNY Wegmans!