Last month, we invited FIT alumni to enter Polyvore’s Emerging Designers Series for a chance to present their collections at New York Fashion Week. The competition was steep! Four up-and-coming designers, Dana-Maxx Pomerantz (Fashion Design ’05), Sergio Guadarrama (Fashion Design ’07), Lauren Bagliore (FMM ’05) and Vengsarkar “Ven” Budhu (Fashion Design ’06), stood out with fabulous, runway-ready collections! Their collections will hit the Polyvore Live runway on February 13, 2012 at 6:30 pm EST.
We caught up with Ven, who told us about his career as an evening wear designer and what this experience has meant to him.
How did you hear about the emerging designer competition?
I heard about this event from Professor Ruben Cruz. He was my evening wear professor from FIT and he has been an inspiration to me since. I truly admire him as a professor and as a person.
What made you decide to submit your work?
I have been working in the industry as a designer for the past few years. I was currently working on my own line, GAVASKAR, and thought this was a perfect opportunity. Opportunity does not come around often, so when it does, I recommend to take it. It never hurts to try and you wont regret it later for not trying.
How did you choose pieces from your collection?
Honestly, I already had some of the looks completed and just finished the required amount of looks which I needed to submit by the deadline.
Has Polyvore.com played a role in inspiring any of your work or personal sense of style?
Polyvore has definitely been an inspiration to me in many ways in such a short period of time, and to see how the Polyvore community reacts to my collection as well as style it; definitely inspires point of views and way of thinking.
What has been your reaction to thousands of users’ sets that have been created using your products?
I am actually so amazed of how many people around the world loved GAVASKAR. I really enjoyed seeing individuals’ points of view and how they decoded to create sets using my collection.
What was it about Kimberlee123’s set that made it your favorite?
First of all, I must say that as soon as I saw the set….hands down I loved it. Everything made sense! The colors, the mood, the choice of accessories, accent pieces, etc. She didn’t try too hard; it was easy, wearable, chic, and most importantly, it was very Gavaskar.
How do you feel about the upcoming Polyvore Live show?
I dont think words can explain how I feel. This is a major opportunity for industry professionals, media and press to see my work. All I can say is that I am very thankful for this opportunity. I am extremely excited, and I hope this is the beginning of something big for GAVASKAR.
Is there anything else you’d like to add about this experience?
I just want to say that working in the industry as a designer for a design house has been an experience. I have been working as a head evening wear designer and traveled around the world and back. It has been a very mental and emotional challenge for me, knowing that all of my work has a different name on the tag on it at the end of the day. It has been an experience and now it is time to make my dream a reality. I started my own business in 2011 and have been slowly working hard to make it big. Everything takes time and sacrifice, but passion is the key. Passion is the only element that keeps me going everyday because I know I was born to design. You have to believe in yourself, your work and never give up.
Vengsarkar Budhu was named FIT Designer of the Year in 2006 and earned additional awards from Reem Acra and Saks Fifth Avenue. After graduation, Vengsarkar took his talents to Florence, Italy to continue his fashion studies. Ultimately, his roots brought him back to New York, where he currently resides and designs his collection.
Read more about the Polyvore Live fashion show here.