By Sora Hwang
Photos: Kit Castagne, Kaylan Tran
Meghan Hughes watched her designs take center stage during the Fashion & Retail Society’s annual fashion show, Sidewalk to Catwalk, on March 7. The Bostonian graduated from Lasell College in 2013 with a degree in fashion design and production. She attributes a lot of her inspiration to music and dance, two of her biggest interests. Today, she is a featured designer with Boston’s own 19th Amendment.
How did you first become interested in fashion?
I never had any sisters to play with, so I spent a lot of time with my great-aunt, who lived downstairs. I would help her put on makeup and play dress up with her clothes and jewelry. She has always had great taste and style, so I think I picked up my love of fashion from her.
When did you know that you wanted to actually work in fashion?
I’ve always been very interested in fashion and designing. I would sketch all the time and come up with different outfits and ideas, but I kept it to myself and never really acted on it. I started my freshman year of college at Boston University and quickly realized that I would be happiest designing. I transferred to Lasell College to major in fashion design and production.
What inspires you?
Music and dance are my most consistent inspirations. I love old school country-western and rock music — that’s where I get inspiration for more edgy designs. And I love the glitter and over-the-top embellishments of dance costumes and the way they move and fall on a dancer.
I’m also very inspired by strong, rebellious women like Joan of Arc and Annie Oakley. “Well-behaved women rarely make history.”
Who is your customer?
My customer is someone who is a little bit of everything. She has a tough, outlaw side to her and a feminine, glamorous side too. She’s a confident person who isn’t afraid to stand out in a crowd.
Why did you decide to participate in the Fashion & Retail Society’s fashion show this year?
The Fashion & Retail Society put on an awesome show! It was a great platform to share my designs with a new audience and show alongside other amazing designers.
Where do you see your company in five years?
In five years, I hope to have many more designs and regular customers who bring the designs to life.