Tania Orellana Negrete is a 24-years-old fashion designer who hails from Irapuato, Guanajuato in Mexico. She’s an industrial designeer, but fashion has always been her passion. She initially started in the fashion world as a model, but then because she had a knack for fashion design, she decided to pursue this passion. This career was perfect for her because it opened her mind to the creative world – she started creating her brand just like a project for school, and to her surprise, it blew up! She’s only had a year with her brand, and she can’t believe how far she has come.
Sassy & Co Magazine recently caught up with Tania to discuss her journey in the fashion world, and here’s what went down:
How did you get into the fashion industry?
Well, I think when you want something, you will eventually attract it. Since I was in school, I talked and asked everyone I knew about my interests, and with time, the opportunities arrived. Eventually, with the support of all the people who love me, it prompted me to do what I love. Because of my interests, I ended up in school. And because of my school and teachers, I ended up in my first fashion job, and I was able to create my brand. And because of my brand, now I’m growing a lot, meeting a lot of successful people, and having amazing fashion experiences.
What do you like most about being a designer?
Each collection has a full concept and a history to tell. So it’s amazing for me to create and put together all the elements that perfectly create and express myself through my clothes because each concept is about my beliefs, future, and what I love.
Downside to being a fashion designer?
The fashion industry is so big and strong that it can put you off so easily if you don’t have an open mind.
>> It’s impossible to be creative all the time<<
It sounds crazy, and it was hard for me to accept that because” I’m a designer.” But it’s real. To be a good creator, you need to disconnect the fashion world from your mind and think beyond.
What has been the most memorable experience of being in the fashion industry so far?
I love everything about fashion. From the beginning until now, all the way has been memorable because it is part of what I am now. Of course, I had amazing experiences like NYFW and a collaboration with Shein. But the real thing is that the memorable experiences for me are the ones that nobody can see, like the launching of my first collection, the happiness of doing what I love, or knowing the right people in the right place at the right moment, who inspires me and impulse me to keep going and keep doing incredible things.
Who have been the most interesting people you’ve met so far?
In my last project in NYFW, I met three people that opened my eyes and inspired me a lot. They are the influencer Tania Rendon, the stylist Neto Soberanes and the fashion designer Ricarso Seco. Each one had a different life, but almost the same thinking – that for me is the key to their success.
What has been the most valuable lesson you’ve learned while in the fashion industry. This can be about the industry or about yourself.
The fashion industry is so big but so small at the same time. You can see big companies unreachable when in reality, they are not so impossible to reach. So the lesson is: go for all you want. Even if you think that it’s too much for you. Go for it because it’s incredible once you have it.
Is your family supportive of you being a fashion designer?
Totally. I’m so grateful to have all the support that my family and friends give me. The people who love me know what I love and what I want to achieve, so the real thing is that it is not just the support but the impulse to achieve my dreams.
If you could go back in a time machine to the time when you were just getting started, what would you do differently?
I had an excessive production in my first collection because I thought that I was going to sell everything, and it was hard for me because it wasn’t… But you need to fall to learn, so I would not change anything. Just do all step by step and get better in my financial part.
What is the best advice you have ever been given?
Decree it, and it will be. Be sure of what you want, take action, and you will have it.
What are your future plans? Inside your career or out of it.
Now I’m going to move to Milano to start a master, grow my brand, and get closer to the luxury fashion world. So in the future, I will have a luxury and bigger brand with international recognition. And let will see what else happens on my way… I have my mind open!