When I Grow Up | Kathryn Heard


"Kathryn is a friend you can call upon at any hour. When you're feeling down, she knows a quick dance party and jam sesh will do the trick. Kathryn is the best listener, and speaks so much truth and wisdom into the lives of those around her. Kathryn is also beyond hilarious. She often channels her "inner Kristin Wiig" and will randomly spit out lines from SNL skits--if you haven't heard her yet, it's a must!! Kathryn's talent and beautiful work in the fashion world is a true reflection of her within."
-Catherine Maige

Kathryn Heard is a rising junior from Memphis, Tennessee, majoring in Apparel Design and Production. Kathryn's heard work and passion for her major has inspired many in our chapter. Her talent is beyond her years and spends her summers working with top designers in New York.

When I Grow Up

I’m so honored to be kicking off our chapter’s “When I Grow Up” series. I feel so fortunate to have discovered a career path that inspires me and makes me happy every day. When I grow up, I will be a fashion designer! This is so fun to say -- I’ve come to a point in my life where I don’t have to guess what I will do, but I know what is possible. Ever since I was little, I have always loved to draw garments and people, from doodling princesses when I was little to illustrating Oscars fashion in real time the other day. Since designing for Memphis Fashion Week’s Emerging Memphis Designer Program in high school, I have known that I wanted to take my passion for art and fashion and turn it into a career. In my college classes, I continuously sharpen my design skills by using computer programs, hand-drawing designs, and working in the sewing lab where I drape on mannequins, create patterns, and construct garments. This semester, I’m working with a team to create and propose a street style-inspired capsule collection for Valentino, which is so fun to work on every day. Fortunately, I can honestly say that I love my classes.

I’ve come to a point in my life where I don’t have to guess what I will do, but I know what is possible.

This past summer, I got a glimpse into the inner workings of the nation’s fashion capital by working as a design intern for Nicole Miller in New York City. This summer I will be returning, but instead I will be interning for bridal designer Hayley Paige! She is a very talented designer also based out of New York, and I am so excited to learn from her. Check out her fun new TLC show, “Hayley Ever After: The Dress!” My future goals and aspirations circle back here: when I grow up, I aspire to be a bridal or evening wear designer, because I don't think that I could ever get tired of the intricacy of the beading on a gown, or the way that layers of fabric gracefully drape. In the future, I would be so incredibly honored if a bride were to trust me with her special day. My passion for the fashion industry exists because of the customer that I would design for. I have been given very specific passions and gifts, and I want to use them wisely to glorify the One who bestowed them upon me. My passion for design, art, and the network of the fashion industry propels me everyday and keeps me dreaming of the day that I can consider myself a part of it.


The community that I have found in Auburn and Chi O have been an incredibly important part of my journey thus far. After transferring from an art school to find a more well-rounded academic experience, I found a home in Chi Omega. Growing up, I always appreciated the ways that my mom and her sorority sisters got together; it seemed like no time had passed since they saw each other last. I can confidently say that I have found forever friends just like she did. I’ve found the most encouraging, hilarious, strong, passionate, courageous, and gentle friends through Chi O. They are beautiful from the inside out, and it’s such an honor to be associated with such incredible women. Although we all have such different personalities, goals, and lifestyles, we come together to form a chapter that is intricate and in which every girl contributes to her own individual role. I love Chi O because I can be unmistakably myself, and all the while celebrate every other member right where she stands.