Creating a runway collection is no easy task. I knew there will be a lot of challenges along the way when I decided that I have to fly before I could crawl and the first challenge I had to get over was of finance. I simply cannot afford to spend what little income that I have into this collection. Sure I could take things slowly and buy things that I need when there happens to be some money I could spare, but that was not nearly good enough for me. Besides, if I did that, I will never be able to finish my collection on time.
When I was in high school, my art teacher telling me about a design competition in which the first prize was $500 gift voucher for fabrics, but at the time, I was sure that I was going to London so I really didn't take it seriously. I remembered it one day and wondered if that competition was annual event so I went on to the internet and voila! I had two days before the deadline. The theme of this year's competition seemed to fit what I was doing for my collection, so I selected four designs I thought would be suitable and sent it off.
I was picked as one of ten finalists and I was announced as the winner on the opening night of the exhibition. To my surprise, the Academy of Design, awarded me $2600 scholarship to study fashion course there. I was also very happy to see another Korean win the first prize in secondary school category. The prize could not have have come at more appropriate time for me.
My golden ticket :D