Some of the world's top fashion designers sprouted from the Parsons School of Design in New York City, including Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs and Tom Ford.
One Waxahachie High senior will soon have the opportunity to follow those world-renowned footsteps next fall.
That person is Sam Linguist, who was among the 12 WHS fine arts students recently recognized on the first-ever fine arts signing day.
Linguist was not only one of few students who enrolled in the elite fashion design school but was also extended a scholarship of $25,000 each school year, which should cover half of his annual tuition at the private college.
Through his high school career, Linguist shined on stage in the theater program but exercised his hidden talents offset.
"I've always liked fashion, for a long time, and have done it quietly in life," Linguist disclosed after he signed in the WHS Performing Arts Center.
Linguist explained he started by designing puppets in the third grade and later expanded his horizons to clothing.
"I liked it, but didn't think that I was that good at it," Linguist said. "I submitted my portfolio, and they awarded me this ginormous scholarship, and I was like, 'perfect.'"
The scholarship gave Linguist the confidence to believe in his talents and pursue the New York lifestyle, where he will live in Greenwich Village. His scholarship application was based on his portfolio of eight images of clothing modeled by friends. He wrote about each piece and his incorporation of sustainable fashion. His exceptional grades and essay also played a significant factor.
Linguist showcased photos of his work at the signing day and noted the hand-sewed dress that incorporated old couture sewing techniques so the interior corset could stand by itself. Linguist explained the method was utilized in the 1930s.
In 2015, Linguist was re-inspired to continue his work when he saw the movie, "Concussion," in theaters. A Gucci campaign advertisement ran before the film began, which revitalized his passion.
"I like making up your own world and working with my hands with various and intricate stuff," he explained. "It changes so rapidly, which is what I like."
His "American, fun, up-cycled, maximalist" designs have a more significant meaning as Linguist aspires to decrease the carbon footprint with his artistry.
"Everything I make is made from recycled materials," Linguist elaborated. "It's all thrifted materials because fashion is the second most polluting industry in the world behind petroleum, which is interesting."
A report by journalist Alden Wicker in EcoCult stated the fashion industry is "responsible for the emission of 1,715 million tons of CO2 in 2015, about 5.4% of the 32.1 billion tons of global carbon emissions in 2015."
"The New School in NYC is the only university where a world-renowned design school comes together with premier undergraduate and graduate programs and colleges to seek out ways to create a more just, more beautiful and better designed world," according to the school's website.
Linguist toured the campus in 2018 while the WHS students were on the theater trip. His mother could not attend, so Myers served as the "stand-in mom."
"I knew I had to go there," Linguist stressed.
Together they toured the campus — which was provided by a former Dallas resident — saw the studio spaces and variety of courses for design and fabrication. The campus exuded a mix of modern and eclectic architecture.
"He was really excited about everything and everything we saw," Myers said. "We thought, 'This is really great.' Everything he saw really pleased him. The further we went in the tour the more sure he was that, that was the place he wanted to go."
Linguist said he will miss Mexican food, the Webb Gallery where he works and the greasy Oma's Jiffy Burger.
Several works created by Linguist will be on display at the Webb Gallery in June.
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