Through my (minimal) years of modeling as a hobby, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some very talented models, photographers, fashion designers, and makeup artists. Everyone that I’ve met came from very different paths of life, but I’m incredibly grateful that my path was able to cross theirs. My encounters with these individuals have inspired me to begin a series of interviews called “Causal Conversations” in order to share their unique stories. If you recall, my first Casual Conversation was with model, Sophia Korm. For those of you who haven’t read it, I’ll leave the link here!
For today’s Casual Conversation, I’m featuring fashion designer, Trinh Nguyen. The story of how Trinh and I first met is actually kind of coincidental. Just a little over a year ago, I went to a model casting call and was selected to model for a traditional Vietnamese clothing line. During rehearsals, I was practicing my walk and when I walked backstage, Trinh approached me and explained how one of her models hasn’t been showing up. She then told me that she had been watching my walk and wanted me to be her replacement model. Basically, if it wasn’t for the model that didn’t show up, I probably wouldn’t have met Trinh nor have had the chance to model her wonderful designs. From there I began to work with Trinh and her team of models, the rest is history! Now, without further ado, here’s the interview I had with the lovely Trinh Nguyen.
H: So tell me, Trinh. What was the reason that made you want to start designing clothes?
T: I picked up a lot of hobbies and crafts when I was young and sewing was one of them. As an adult, I realized that things didn’t always fit my body since I’m pretty short, so I wanted to create pieces that looked good on bodies like mine.
H: Where do you pull inspiration from for your designs?
T: I find that I’m often inspired by cultures, and that may come to me in the form of art, music, or food.
H: Do you have any favorite designers or brands?
T: Yes, I would have to say that my favorite brands are Elie Saab, Jenny Pakham, and Lanvin.
H: You’ve moved from Minneapolis to New York City, how has your life changed since then?
T: Since coming to New York, I’ve been very busy with my internship, part-time job, and classes. I also spend a lot less time socializing and going out. I often think about future internships and classes.
H: If you could intern for anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?
T: I would love to intern for Diane Von Furstenberg because she gives great advice to young women and is a great role model both in fashion and in life in general.
H: What would you say is your dream career?
T: My dream career would be to curate for the costume department at the Metropolitan Museum.
H: Do you ever feel like you’re not going to accomplish your dreams? If so, what do you do to keep pushing through?
T: As I’ve learned more about fashion, I realized that your childhood dreams aren’t always going to translate into your adult life. But I also learned about the whole industry and how I could be happy and fulfilled in different areas of fashion. Knowing that helps me push through.
H: Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
T: I would like to be a VP of Operations at a brand I love, or maybe working at Saks or Bergdorfs.
H: Do you have a favorite photographer, designer, or model that you’ve worked with?
T: I’ve worked with the Halston team. They have taught me a lot about the early American designers.
H: Alright, final question. What do you like to do during your free time?
T: In my free time, I like to cook and watch shows like House of DVF.
That’s it for the second edition of my Casual Conversations series. I hope that those of you interested in becoming fashion designers or are working towards moving to New York City to chase your dreams can benefit from this interview with Trinh. I would like to thank Trinh again for letting me interview her as I know that she’s incredibly busy with classes, internships, and work.
Below, I’ve included photos of Trinh’s designs from her Garden Party line which I had the opportunity to model way back when I met her. All of the photos are taken by photographer, Jonathan Burns, and modeled by Darly Vu, Hamy Huynh, and Megan Sugaste.
As always, thanks again for taking time out of your day to read my blog, I’ll be back again next week with some new content!