Y Fashion House is the only place for fashion at Yale. We aim to be the primary point of interaction between Yale creatives and the fashion world. Y Fashion House will be an incubator of creation, an avenue through which students who show interest in fashion and design can work collaboratively in creating works of art in the form of clothes, shows, and other organizational events. We aim to foster an environment where students of various backgrounds, regardless of experience, can join peers in the common pursuit of promoting fashion and design.
Who’s On Board?
Claire Kalikman is a junior in Morse College and co-President of YFH. She is majoring in Russian and Eastern European Studies, but spends most of her free time focused on fashion. She has always loved fashion and the way that it connects people. She believes fashion is important way someone dresses immediately conveys who they are. Her favorite fashion moments have been hosting incredible speakers for the YFH Speaker Series and hearing about all the fields that intersect with fashion including politics, law, academia, and history.
Grace Jin is a junior in Pierson College and co-President of YFH. She is majoring in Global Affairs and Ethics, Politics, and Economics. She loves fashion because it is an unmatched fusion of history, culture, artistry, technical ability, and utilitarian function. Fashion is important to her because it allows her to reclaim societal standards of beauty and reshape them. Fashion is important because it shares a story—the hands that touched the design, fabric, dyes, embellishments, threads. Her favorite fashion moment was the intense satisfaction of hand-sewing a last pearl to an upcycled pair of thrifted jeans.
Liliane Tran is a sophomore in and Benjamin Franklin College and the Social Director in the Events Committee. She is studying Architecture. She believes fashion is an expression of our thoughts, intentions, and desires. Sometimes it is an extension of our personality, but sometimes it is to hide certains part of ourselves. At its core, fashion is mysterious, which is why it is so alluring. There is never a single right answer. Sometimes, there are only questions. Fashion is important because it concerns everyone. Everyone interacts with fashion at some sort of level. Consequently, we must learn how to be more accountable when we approach fashion, while still embracing its freeing spirit. Her favorite fashion moment was when she was an intern at an art museum, and “one day we held a casual fashion show with clothes or accessories we designed ourselves that day. I glued intricate paper cutouts onto a white shirt I cropped and paired it with a fun skirt, while also having experimental makeup on. I remembered walking down the impromptu “runway” with cheers from my colleagues, and just thought it was such a pure moment of spontaneity, creativity, and support.”
Jonara Jiménez is a sophomore in Pauli Murray and an aspiring environmental engineer. She is part of the YFH Events Committee, specifically organizing speaker events. “I have so many great ideas for potential invitees, all related somehow to fashion (and even beauty!), so I think it will be a great year for YFH. I love fashion because it’s its own unique form of self-expression and individualism in a society where it’s so hard to stand out or go against the grain. Fashion is now more important than ever with its growing responsibility to transform to a more environmentally friendly industry. The first time I ever felt a connection to fashion was when I stumbled upon a Project Runway episode on my TV. The contestants were challenged to create an outfit out of newspaper. The masterpieces that ensued were life-changing for me; I knew I would be interested in fashion for the rest of my life.
Y Fashion’s PR Director, Yashasvini Jindal, is a junior at Yale College majoring in Psychology. Her interest in fashion began as infatuation at an early age because of her mother, whose fashion style she really admires, and who encouraged her to pick out her outfits even as a pre-schooler. Second, as a professional classical Kuchipudi dancer, she was given the opportunity to mix and match different colors and patterns while designing her dance outfits/costumes. In this way, she realized how mesmerized and enamored she was by the different prints, designs, fabrics, colors, and weaves (of India, as well as other parts of the world) and fashion grew into something larger and undefined for her, finally culminating into becoming a crucial part of her identity. She feels that fashion is an extension of one’s personality, varying moods, and what one feels about a particular day or occasion. There are days she loves to mix and match contrasting colors, follow a monochrome aesthetic, or simply stick to all black! The most important and useful fashion tip she has received and tries to follow is to always be comfortable and confident in what one wears (which is undoubtedly the best feeling), and also occasionally try out a new look or dress unconventionally to one’s personal style. Fun fact: She was once awarded ‘The Most Stylish Youth Icon’ by an Indian newspaper!
Clara Butler is a senior Economics major in Jonathan Edwards College. For the 2019-2020 school year she will be co-chairing the YFH Fashion Show with Haley Prince, which she is so excited about. She loves fashion, and she thinks it is important because it is a way for people to express themselves in an everyday manner. “My favorite fashion moment is from when I was little — I had a white tutu and red sparkly shoes (think The Wizard of Oz) that I wore everywhere and absolutely loved it.”
A junior in Ezra Stiles College at Yale University, Alessandra (Ale) Aguirre is the new Editorial Director of Yale Fashion House. She runs her own blog, YouTube channel, and has recently started her own clothing brand. She is dedicated to the expression of creativity through writing and fashion/beauty and wants to Yale Fashion House to be that space for the Yale community and beyond. Goals for 2019-2020: Publish the first ever Yale Fashion House print magazine, publish at least 3-4 articles a month on the blog, and being involved in producing Yale Fashion House events throughout the year!
Saumya Malhotra is junior in Morse College and serves as Director of Finance for the Yale Fashion House. Although she is majoring in Economics, she is also deeply passionate about creative writing and the arts, including fashion, which she sees as a powerful tool for self-expression, a compelling lens through which to study society, and just plain fun! Her favorite fashion moment was the first time she ever wore a saree, a traditional South Asian outfit consisting of a length of fabric draped around the body. In an ode to her country India’s rich artistic heritage, she paired this pink-and-gold saree in a traditional silk weave with her mother’s heirloom jewelry—a combination she loved wearing even as she looked to the future at her high school graduation.
Haley Prince is a sophomore in Pierson College studying psychology. She is a Co-Chair of the Fashion Show. She has loved fashion since a very young age (as cliche as that sounds.) Playing dress-up was her favorite past time. This passion was solidified in sixth grade when her mom took her to New York Fashion Week. She loves art in general, but fashion is her favorite form! It is so creative, fun, and beautiful.Fashion has no boundaries and allows people to show the world how they see their own selves. Any of her first day of school outfits were a huge fashion moment (in her eyes.) Her first day of school 'fit always allowed me to set the tone for "who I was going to be that year. And I loved that.”
Dara Albrecht is an environmental studies major in Saybrook College. She is a sophomore and is so excited to be part of the Events committee in YFH this year, specifically with master classes! She has always been a big fashion lover, specifically because “I think it can create and highlight cultural significance and help us honor our heritages. As I am Peruvian, I find fashion to be a great way that I can combine my American upbringing and Peruvian heritage. I am a big thrifter, so fun fashion memories often include that. I found one of my favorite jackets that I own (a maroon bomber jacket) at Value Village, the thrift store near my house. It is me so warm and I’m reminded of how fun and beneficial thrifting is every time I wear it. Can’t wait to meet you all and maybe thrift with y’all!”
Monique Baltzer, Class of 2020, is an Art Major in Branford College. She is the Graphics Director. She loves fashion because it is a medium that everyone participates in everyday. We all make a consicous effort about what we wear, which is important to who we are. It is an opportunity for everyone to empower themselves and feel creative. Fashion is important because it can tell part of your story faster than you could. “Halloween has to be my favorite moment for fashion. It’s a time where the more outrageous the better. My clothes and makeup become an extension of my canvas. Dressing up like David Bowie’s Aladdin Sane or like Katy Perry’s alien from her E.T. music video are some of my favorite memories. I see it as a fun challenge.”
Matúš Kopunec is a sophomore in Pierson College and Director of Operations of YFH. He is majoring in Economics but is equally passionate about German and Russian language. The first time he made a connection to fashion was when as an eight-year-old he watched the “Ugly Betty” series with the fashion icon Wilhelmina Slater. Matúš loves fashion because it allows the wearer to define themselves, and then communicate that information to the world. “If you have an interest for fashion, not necessarily from the perspective of keeping up with the trends, but more of how clothing choices influence your body language and your attitude, then I think it is natural to be drawn to fashion because it can truly transform our souls.” He is especially fascinated by the shoes, which he considers to be “special from the rest of one’s wardrobe because clothing choices are still, by and large, dictated by dress codes and social norms.”