Meet D.C. Native and Blossoming Fashion Designer, India Bella Stephanie Moore June 11, 2017 Clothing Lines, Fashion, Herstory in the Making 1081 Tweet Share Share Email WhatsAppShares 0 Paving her way one stitch at a time, India Bella is a rising fashion designer who’s been daydreaming about her ultimate fashion career since she was in middle school. Born in D.C. and current resident of Maryland, Bella got her start in fashion when she took a fashion design class at Duval High School. Since then, Bella picked up the needle in August 2016 and sewed two piece sets and summer bodycon dresses. Aside from her design career, you can catch Bella in front of a camera, modeling for Models INC or hitting the books at Bowie State University, where she’s studying Communications and Broadcast Journalism. Stay tuned for more on India Bella! Q: When and where were you born? A: February 17, 1996 , Washington D.C. I was raised in Maryland though . Q: How long have you been passionate about the fashion industry? A: Since I can remember! I’ve always set fake trends in my head, but it became serious in middle school when I could finally pick my own clothes. I proudly wore my pants inside out for months in middle school, LOL!!! It’s crazy but people started doing it too ! I’d lay my outfits out for months in advance. It became a hobby laying out different outfits. Q: How did you learn how to design clothes? A: I took a fashion design class at DuVal High School. Before I knew how to sew I would glue my clothes together. I would make pants, shirts, etc. with my glue gun. (Like these pink bell bottoms I made for my 70’s theme skate party, made with a glue gun) Q: Where do you attend college and what are you studying? A: Bowie State University , Class of 2018 Communications , Broadcast Journalism. Bubble Yum Minx Collection Q: Between being a college student and a fashion designer, how do you balance your life? A: Honestly , I have a lot of free time to do what I love because I work for myself & create my own hours. Q: What do you do in your downtime? A: I dance , and model with Models INC. Q: When did you first begin designing clothes? A: August 2016. Making Two piece sets and bodycon summer dresses. Q: What are some of the challenges you face in your occupation? A: Trying to please every client. I wear myself thin going all out for my clients. It’s so much energy put into every garment and sometimes I get carried away and forget to relax and set time off. Q: How would you describe your personal style? A: Most of the time it is Very Sexy, but with a vibe of innocence. lol I’m really into wearing all one color. Like I’d wear a pink coat, pink top, pink skirt, pink shoes, pink head scarf, and a pink purse. I wear heels every day on campus. I was so happy when my school voted me “Best Dressed Female 2016-17” Q: Aside from designing, what else do you do and how long have you been doing it? A: I’ve been modeling with Models INC since July 2012. Q: Tell us about your experience with creating your FIRST prom dress? A: So exciting , testing new designs and styles . I had a lot of help from my mentors. & used many resources offered at my school. 😢 the first prom dress I ever made . I will never forget you babe ❤ thank you for believing in me ! I’m so happy & proud . #prom2k17 😢😍❤ pic.twitter.com/kcCt52f8Ot — 🌈B E L L Y🦄 (@kingbellaa) May 13, 2017 Q: What are some of the highlights from this experience? A: I learned a lot about myself & areas my business needed some maintenance. I have come out of Prom 2017 a stronger seamstress and business women. Q: What is one of the best design jobs you have ever done? A: Miss Bowie 13-14! Q: ONE person or event you would love to design for? A: Erica Johnson , visionary founder of Fearless Girls, because I love her style and poise!! Q: What trends are you following these days? A: Hmmm , I honestly wear whatever I feel like in the moment lol. Q: What is an old trend that should make a comeback? A: Bishop sleeves are coming back! They are soooo cute. Q: What inspires you? A: I daydream all day . I get inspired by everything. I appreciate life so much! So I try not to take advantage of my time. Q: Who are your favorite fashion designers? A: Lilie: @luvlillie (IG) DAJON: @dajonj (IG) Lamaj: @lamajcompany (IG) Q: Tell us how you plan to be the ultimate Girl Boss and continue to rise in your passion? A: Finish school, perfect my craft, secure and build my brand. Q: What advice would you give to those aspiring fashion designers? A: Be patient . Learn your machine. It will get so frustrating at times but you have to practice and stay calm. Q: Is there anything you would like your supporters to know? A: I appreciate my supporters. They motivate me as well. They always write me inspiring things it means so much to me. Q: Do you have any upcoming projects or brands that you will be collaborating with? A: I’m working on relaunching my brand. New site, new clothes, whole new everything !! So excited !! Stay tuned Summer 2017 High Waisted Jeans or Mom Jeans HIGH WAISTED PANTS Casual or Elegant Elegant High Heels or Flats Heels !!! Jeans or Leggings Jeans Necklace or Bracelets Necklace Dresses or Skirts Either or, I love fitted clothes ! Scarves or Hats Scarves Jacket or Hoodie Jacket !