Her goal is to mentor and guide fellow Fashion Club presidents as they run their clubs.
Julia Buckingham is the FIDM Fashion Club President at Cathedral High in Indianapolis, Indiana. This summer, she created video series “Project President” to help guide others with running their Fashion Clubs. We sat down with this talented prez to get to know her better!
“Our club learns how to sew, photograph, write articles, design, draw, run a business…”
Tell us a little about yourself: Since I can remember, I have been a creator—artist, writer, and musician. I began drawing when I was two, have been playing the violin since I was three, and started formal art classes at four. My interest in writing about creative subjects started in third grade with “Buckingham Publications” for my family. This monthly magazine featured fashion designing, crafting ideas, comics, and other articles. I am a blue belt in Tae Kwon Do and love taking voice lessons. I started learning to sew from my grandmother when I was eight years old. I do musical and stage theatre as a thespian, We The People National Government Advanced Placement Competition, and take art classes during school. Most of my family is made up of medical doctors, psychologists, architects, engineers, and nurses, and I love them so much! My sister closest in age works in the music industry in Los Angeles. She and I are two of the few artists in our family and she has inspired me to follow my artist dreams. I love animals and have two dogs of my own. I love helping others and that is why I incorporated charity DIYs in my video series. And, of course, I am an official FIDM Fashion Club president and recently a YouTuber for Fashion Club!
Tell us about your YouTube channel: Because I have just started my high school’s FIDM Fashion Club, I knew that other new Fashion Club presidents might find it overwhelming to start a club. I created the video series “Project President” to help guide other high school presidents. The series offers advice on how to get started so presidents alike can improve their club, and I give them presidential confidence before it even starts!
How did you get involved in Fashion Club at your high school? My high school had a Fashion Club last year, and I was the Vice President. The President did not have a formal plan for the year. In fact, we barely met. I jumped right into the club expecting to be put right to work and even volunteered to be VP. I was unpleasantly surprised to find that the club did not meet more than than a few times a year, but it wasn’t the Fashion Club’s fault. They just did not know how to even begin. When I got the opportunity to start a different Fashion Club, the first thing I did was start making videos along my presidential journey so that incoming students could have the Fashion Club experience that I always wanted. It looks like I made my Fashion Club dreams of an involved club come true!
What kinds of activities do you do at your meetings? We share our fashion designs, make fashion magazines, and do projects for charity—a clothing drive for the fire department, make dresses for African children, and make posters for people in the hospital. Our club learns how to sew, photograph, write articles, design, draw, run a business, and we even put on an annual fashion show judged by local community designers and artists! We do fundraising projects, too—hair and makeup fundraiser before the winter formal dance, make and sell tutus in the fall, and sell backstage passes to our fashion show.
What is one of your proudest accomplishments? When I was in sixth grade, I took art classes at a college in Indianapolis on Saturdays—in a class with all high school students, college students, and adults! It was one of the only fashion classes offered, and was called “Funk Art and Fashion.” Out of all of the students, I was the youngest by far, but was chosen as student of the year! That’s the highest award that can be given to a student!
What your fave thing in your wardrobe? I love to throw on and accessorize with my jumper. I know! It sounds so old school, but I made mine to look chic and modern. I can dress it down with a t-shirt underneath or dress it up with a nice shirt and some jewelry! It will appear on my show, so feel free to make one along with me when the DIY comes around!
Any upcoming club activities planned? We are planning to create fashion collections, design our own portfolios, and have a lot of fun! I never forget to include the occasional party and time with friends when I’m planning! The biggest activities we have are a trip to the Indianapolis Art Museum for a fashion exhibit, fashion magazine making, and the annual fashion show!
What are your career goals? I’m not going to hold back on my dreams! I’m going to be a fashion designer and business owner! I would also like to help others in charity projects and mission trips to “pay it forward.” I also plan to continue with musical performance.
Anything else you’d like to share? YES! To everyone thinking about a career in the arts, don’t hold back. It’s YOUR life! If it is your dream, don’t waste it! Don’t have regrets about what a life you could have made for yourself if you followed your dreams. A lot of people support my life choices in fashion design, believing in my talents. Most of my family have been concerned that I will not make enough income or find a job. I used to believe them, but once I started to believe in myself, everything felt right and life opportunities opened up. There will be bumps along the way no matter what career you choose, but it’s all about what makes you happy in the long run. Don’t worry about what others think of you—it’s not why you’re here.
If anyone wants to contact me for further questions please feel free to! I am here to help YOU! feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am also ALWAYS open and excited to do other projects, collaborations, and design for you!
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