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#BagStagePass Thursday: Jessica Meyer & Aqueesha Hill

**Every Thursday leading up to the 4th Annual Garbage Bag Gala, we will help you get to know the 17 designers creating pieces for the show.**

Jessica Meyer

photoWhat initially interested you in fashion design? Tell us about when you began this pursuit.

I’m not really sure when my pursuit of fashion design began; I guess fashion design found me.  I learned to sew at a young age, and eventually decided to major in fashion design in college.  When looking at colleges, I originally wanted to study interior design, but through a series of events I decided fashion was a better fit for me.

Give us a brief outline of your creative process. What inspires you?

When I begin designing, I research trends for the upcoming season to define a theme for my collection.  After I have the theme, I define my concept.  Once I have a concept for the collection, I look for inspiration.  I am most inspired by modern architecture with simplistic designs.

Homelessness is a consistent issue in St. Louis. What issues inspired you to participate in Garbage Bag Gala to support The Salvation Army?

Participating in the Garbage Bag Gala allows me to give back to the community and showcases local talents in an unconventional way.

How has this particular task – using all recycled goods, trash and garbage – influenced your designs for Garbage Bag Gala?

My recent work showcases 3-dimensional designs, and using these recycled goods aids in pushing the 3-dimensionality even further.

Garbage Bag Gala is all about creating fresh designs out of recycled goods. Tell us how you think sustainable design impacts our lives, especially when it comes to fashion.

Sustainable designs impact the way we perceive clothing and forces us to view fashion, not only as a way to set ourselves apart as individuals, but as an art form.


Aqueesha Hill

20150605_214944What initially interested you in fashion design? Tell us about when you began this pursuit.

Fashion has always been a passion of mine. Since I was a little girl, I was watching E! and Style Network. I used to stay up late watching fashion shows on TV then I’d be tired at school drawing my own designs in a notebook after I finished my schoolwork.

Give us a brief outline of your creative process. What inspires you?

I get my inspiration from everywhere! Music and art have always been a major influence in the way that I design. Growing up watching music videos that really stood out with the musicians wearing crazy unique outfits really inspired me to believe that anything is possible.

Homelessness is a consistent issue in St. Louis. What issues inspired you to participate in Garbage Bag Gala to support The Salvation Army?

I’ve always known that I wanted to give back to my community in a big way once my career in fashion took off, but I didn’t realize that I can actually help put now just by giving my time and showing others that ALL of our lives matter. So when I was approached last year and this year about this project, I didn’t hesitate to participate!

How has this particular task – using all recycled goods, trash and garbage – influenced your designs for Garbage Bag Gala?

Using recycled goods has influenced my current designs by helping me think outside the box. I have a wall full of inspiration plaques and art and one that stands out the most in regard to this says “If you can dream it, you can do it” and that has really made a difference in all aspects of my life

Garbage Bag Gala is all about creating fresh designs out of recycled goods. Tell us how you think sustainable design impacts our lives, especially when it comes to fashion.

I think sustainable designs impact our lives in so many ways. By changing the ways in which we use certain materials, we will extend the life of the earth and reduce the harsh chemicals that are put back into the environment. If we won’t make an effort to reduce waste, our great-grandchildren might not even be able to breathe clean air and we all would have lived for nothing.

Come back next Thursday for another #BagStagePass! To attend Garbage Bag Gala 2015, click here to purchase tickets.