Southridge High School FIDM Fashion Club President Lily Moser, who started sewing at age seven, fills us in on her plans!
How did it feel to be accepted to the Fashion Design program?
It was incredible. I was so excited to see my dreams were coming true.
What are you most excited to learn and experience?
I’m stoked to learn more, advance the skills I already have, and to get into the craft of sewing and design and being able to turn the designs into realities.
What are you looking forward to about living and studying in LA?
I am excited for the warm weather. It’s very back and forth in Oregon. Also being so close to the beach—I love the ocean and can’t wait to live right by it.
You also plan to continue with an Advanced Degree in Film & TV Costume Design at FIDM. What do you love about costumes?
I was the head costumer for our musical last year and a teaching assistant in the Costume Design and Construction class earlier this year. I fell in love with really putting the show together with the costumes and telling a story with the clothing. And that’s what I really want to do is be a costumer for a television show or movie.
Tell us a bit about your work with Abby’s Closet and Make-A-Wish. Why is it important to you to give back?
I was with Abby’s Closet for the last eight years: four years of volunteering after I had a medical emergency in which I was homeschooled, and for four years of high school I was one of their student advisory board members. We reached out to our communities and ran dress drives for dress donations. We would help run the annual giveaway event and help our peers find their dream dress.
In 2010, I was given a wish from Make-A-Wish to go to the Bahamas on a Disney Cruise to swim with dolphins. And I have been volunteering ever since. Make-A-Wish changed my and my family’s life. My parents became Wish Grantors for them and I was a spokesperson for Make-A-Wish as a Make-A-Wish Kid.
I think giving back is important, not only to communities, but also to yourself and your family. This year I have a total of 904 service learning hours—plenty more hours were left out of that number. Giving back has always been a part of my life. It should be a part of everyone’s. Even with Fashion Club, I like to keep my members involved with the school and communities and it’s made my members and I that much closer.