NoHo Spotlight: Fashion Designer Angelica Chavez

What do we say? “NoHo is only as fabulous as its people.”

This is why the NoHo Arts District dot com team likes to highlight the creative and talented folks who call North Hollywood home. Meet fashion design senior Angelica Chavez. She will have a booth at the Art Institute of California’s Portfolio Show -a quarterly event for senior-year students to showcase their portfolios, artwork, talents, skills, and personality. Angelica will have a portfolio with illustrations, technical work, concepts and designs, as well as a tablet display with a slideshow of her photo shoots. Every major is represented at the Portfolio Show: photography, fashion design, graphic design, game art, film, culinary, etc. The way the school puts it “For just one day, they’re putting their best work and brightest ideas on display. You’re invited to come take a look. What will you discover?”

Let’s give a big NoHo shout out to Angelica Chavez and stop by her exhibit on Thursday, September 24!

WHAT: The Portfolio Show
WHEN: Thursday, September 24, 2015
Schedule Of Events:
• 5:00 PM—7:00 PM: Employers & Recruiters
• 7:00 PM—8:30 PM: Friends & Family

The Art Institute of California – Hollywood
A campus of Argosy University
5250 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601 

Angelica Chavez NoHo Fashion Designer

Why are you participating?

I’m exhibiting because I’m ready! I used to be freaked out and kept putting off my participation, but now I’m ready. Since I’ve been working on my own projects outside of school the past three years, I’ve experienced and learned a lot from my mistakes and accomplishments. It all gained me the confidence I needed to finally showcase my work in a public event.

Each student at this event has their own display, so I will be there too. I’m always one to give myself entirely to projects to the point where I even surprise myself. So you can bet that for my display, I’m going to make sure every detail works in a creative and visually pleasing statement. My goal is to have a display that looks like it’s part of an ArtMuseum/FashionGala. I’m SUPER excited to see the outcome and captivate people!

Angelica Chavez NoHo Fashion Designer
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Tell us more about your design philosophy?

Design Philosophy: I’m a Gemini with contrasting personalities. Sometimes I’m fierce and loud, while other times I’m shy and to myself. In two words, my style aesthetic is bold and romantic. I piece together elements from various cultures, artwork, nature, anything that grabs my attention naturally, and then structure them in simple but dramatic forms.

Over the past 10 years of loving fashion, I’ve completely transformed. It’s still the same me, but I am not afraid to let out all my eccentric ideas anymore. I launched an Eco Fashion label, Veltimera, in 2012 and made mistakes that I have learned from. What drives me to not give up on it, but make it better, is my love of animals. The main goal of Veltimera is to form an animal sanctuary and partner with other sanctuaries, to rescue all types of animals and provide them a happy life, all funded by my fashion sales. Another project I’ve had the courage to create is an online Fashion Academy & Network for people of all backgrounds and ages to learn design and business, improve their own skills, and network with other fashion lovers. Those are my current two big projects that I’m excited for!

Angelica Chavez NoHo Fashion Designer
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