Corey Lynn Calter

Sep 5th, 2012


Fall means back to school, buckling down and studying up.  We asked some of our favorite creative people about what they’ve learned as students, and what they could teach us now.


U: How did what you studied in school affect where you ended up today and what you’re doing now?

CLC: I was able to apply the practical tools to starting my own line. I learned pattern making and sewing, so I made my own patterns and sewed the samples. I don't recommend this but it was helpful since I couldn't afford a pattern maker or sewers.  

U: What do you wish you’d learned in school that you found out later?  Was it something that could even be taught?

CLC: I wish I paid more attention to the business side of fashion, and merchandising. I still struggle with these areas. But for the most part actual industry work has been the best experience.


U: What’s in your toolbox?  What are the items you need in your workspace to get things done?

CLC: 0.1 and 0.05 markers for sketching. Layout paper. A good croquis. I am forever missing a tape measure, they disappear constantly

U: What’s in your pocket? Do you have anything that’s always with you so you can sketch/take photos/make notes anytime?

CLC: Now I live on and with my iPhone. I always have a mini croquis and a moleskin pad in my handbag and one next to the bed. I get great ideas in my sleep.

U:Who was your most memorable teacher… of all time, not just in a classroom.  What did they teach you?

Phil corey. He was my art teacher at performing arts school in philadelphia. He is a great painter and he believed in me and supported my dreams. He encouraged me to go to FIT and move to NYC.

U: If you taught a class that you could base on some expertise or obsession you have, what would it be? 

CLC: I love so many aspects of creating a collection. I'd love to teach a class on print and color, but also listening to your instincts and how to recognize your vision. 


Los Angeles designer Corey Lynn Calter developed her aesthetic while involved in subcultures as divergent as the New York punk scene and the San Francisco opera. She holds a degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology. Her eponymous label, which launched in 2000, features original prints, flattering cuts and twists on classic silhouettes.