The California native will work for the modern eveningwear label Galvan London.
Claire Rowland, who co-founded Del Oro High School’s FIDM Fashion Club, is making her fashion and travel dreams come true. We recently chatted with the FIDM Fashion Design alum to learn more!
Tell us a little about yourself: Growing up I attended Live Oak Waldorf School. By the time I graduated eighth grade, I knew how to knit, crochet, cross-stitch, needlepoint felt, dye yarn, and sew. It was a very creative environment in which I thrived and absolutely loved. I got my first sewing machine in third grade and soon after started taking classes and making my own clothes and costumes. I took every chance to make homecoming and prom dresses for my friends and I. Looking back on my childhood and high school, it’s clear to me that I didn’t stand a chance of a career outside the creative/design fields. I’m so happy and thankful I am where I am today!
Why did you choose FIDM and fashion design? My mom has always said that design, specifically fashion design, chose me, rather than the other way around. Through my FIDM research, I found out about 3 Days of Fashion and went the summer before my sophomore year. Since I knew without a doubt that I wanted to pursue fashion design at that point, I applied to FIDM my junior year of high school and got in! My best friend throughout high school, Kendal, also applied for fashion design and got in as well. Together, we started a FIDM Fashion Club our senior year and then moved to the city and attended FIDM SF together a month after graduating! The rest is all a blur.
How did your upcoming Galvan London internship in Germany come about? I learned about Galvan London through my kindergarten teacher, Katherine. Her son owns a hotel resort in Positano, Italy where Anna-Christin Haas, the Design Director of Galvan, had her wedding in the summer of 2017. Katherine told me about Anna and the brand and I started following them on Instagram, instantly falling in love with their designs and aesthetic. After graduating, working, and interning in San Francisco for the summer, I decided to finally reach out and a couple months later I signed a contract for an internship!
What is your biggest goal right now? As of right now, my immediate goal is preparing to move to Germany and getting ready for my internship. I have a lot of little things to put in order before I go but I am beyond excited to be working and doing what I love. And it’s an extra cherry on top that I get the opportunity to experience living in another country, which is something I’ve always wanted to do.