Project RUNWAY Junior
Many of you may have come across me because of Project Runway Junior. Yes, I am that girl who did not know what Gilligan's Island was, got eliminated on an unconventional challenge the second episode AND showcased my best crying face on national television. Great times :-)
As I was checking my email at 10:45 PM on a school night, I came across a Project Runway Junior casting through a FIDM Fashion Club subscription. It was the best email I have ever read. Within a week, I started putting everything together from my portfolio to my audition video.
The audition process was a whole other story...about a four month process with a lot of waiting in between. There were times where I asked myself if this was even worth it because I knew I was going against hundreds of other talented teenagers. Of course, now that I look back at it, I'm glad that I didn't give up; however, it is still mind blowing to know that I, a random Filipino girl from Cerritos, CA, made it all the way down to the final cut.
Project Runway Junior premiered on November 12th, 2015 on Lifetime. It was the first season EVER, so being chosen as 1 of the 12 young talented designers is such a blessing. One of the best parts of this experience was being able to gain a close knit family of 11 other designers; some of us like myself have never been around people who share the same strong passion for design. I grew up watching Project Runway religiously and to be a part of the show is still so mind blowing. Be sure to watch us make it work!
Ysabel Hilado is a 20 year old ready-to-wear fashion designer based out of Southern California. Her design aesthetic can be described as "Street Chic" where she draws inspiration from urban street style trends while mixing feminine elements. Whenever she chooses an outfit for the day, Ysabel keeps in mind to "dress like you have a purpose”, which plays a big part into her design process and her target clientele.
YSABEL's story of discovering HER love for fashion began at a young age...
...from sketching designs to cutting Barbie's clothes. At only 13 years old, Along The Lines Pocket Tees was born where she sold customized pocket tees domestically and internationally. Soon after, Ysabel's social media presence increased with her fashion blog titled Along The Lines of Ysabel that documented her journey as a young entrepreneur along with daily OOTD’s, DIY’s, and YouTube videos. Prior to her first year in college, she was a self taught designer learning strictly from online tutorials.
Ysabel is best known for being one of the twelve teenage fashion designers on Project Runway Junior, Season 1. She attends college and is currently majoring in Fashion Design.
Be sure to follow Ysabel on social media to keep up with her latest work!