At first, Cornelia struggled with the overall digitalisation happening right now, as she was more focused on the actual production of her garments. However, living with a couple of friends, all working within the arts as well, she found herself surrounded by many sources of inspiration. With fashion, film, photography and graphic design under one roof, the idea of forming a collective to not only showcase but enrich each others’ visions sounds very appealing to her.
Cornelia chose Pratt Institute to keep that small kind of environment that she was used to from her high school back home in Philadelphia. It enabled her to easily exchange ideas with the professors who, due to the small batch size, get to know their students and their respective work more closely.
Her advice to new students? “Not letting the lack of representation stop you from what you want to do. I didn’t really see many Black women in the fashion industry, but that didn’t mean that I couldn’t do it. Keep motivating yourself, you will find your place.”