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Hope Wallace


April 30, 2013

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    When Georgia Southern University assistant professor of fashion merchandising and apparel design Hope Wallace is not in front of her students, it is safe to assume she is off somewhere creating fashionable designs to showcase.
    Wallace is a native of Lothian, Md., and attended Howard University for her undergraduate degree. While she enjoyed working at The Gap in college, if she were to give advice to her younger self, she would tell herself not to work so much.
    “I would tell myself to relax. I was always working. I kind of wish I would have enjoyed myself more in college,” she said.
    Over GSU’s spring break this year, Wallace received the opportunity to debut her fashion line at Charleston’s 2013 Fashion Week in South Carolina. For the pieces she designs, Wallace finds inspiration everywhere, taking pictures of random things to fuel her ideas. She also has big hopes for the future of her fashion line.
    “I eventually hope to branch out into different markets with the use of a small manufacturer. I also am looking forward to expanding to both plus size and men’s wear,” she said.
    Wallace knows the struggles of breaking into the fashion industry, and she offers words of encouragement for students and anyone else with a passion for creating fashion.
    “Just stay true to yourself. What we do is so subjective — art is subjective. No matter what the critics say, stay true to yourself and know that you created what you wanted to create.”

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