Alice XuanIf you’ve been following the Disney Design Challenge Webisopdes, you’ve noticed Alice. She’s been featured since the beginning, diligently hunched over her sketch pad and absorbing feedback from her mentors. Clearly the attention to detail paid off! In the fourth episode, Alice was awarded first in the Disney Frozen contest with a scholarship for her senior year at Otis College of Art and Design in LA and the promise to bring five of her looks to life on the D23 runway last Friday. Today, we chat with Alice about what got her to the challenge and what her next steps in her fashion career will be!

How and why did you start designing?  

When I was young I really enjoyed using fabric scraps from my mother’s clothes and using them to make clothes for my Barbie dolls. I also love to look at people with different style and that’s why I decided to study Fashion Design.

What is your fashion philosophy?

People dress themselves everyday, why not give them something to choose that can makes them look better and feel better?

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Alice behind the scenes at her winning Disney photo shoot with photographer Meghan Taylor @megantaylor_photo

How did you relate to and choose the Disney Frozen character for your latest collection?

My character inspiration for my collection is Ana. I can relate to her because she is fearless, willing to take risks and also stubborn in some ways. When I watched Frozen the movie, I saw a lot of parallels between Elsa and Anna and my older sister and me.

What is your biggest hurdle building a brand today?

My biggest hurdle building a brand today is that I have minimal knowledge about starting a company. I still need to learn more and gain experience.

What do you think about fashion today?

I think fashion today is all about combining historical elements and elevating that design into a modern style.

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Alice with model Britt Rafuson @brittrafuson prepping a look.

Where do you go and what do you do for inspiration?

For this project, I got my inspiration from Venice Beach by shopping in the stores and observing people’s style on the street.

Any tips and tricks of the trade?

Never throw away clothes because one day you might create something new from them.

What is your design aesthetic?

Every design has its own value; it just depends on what your personality is and how you look at it.

What does the next generation of fashion designers look like?

I think the next generation of fashion designers will embrace a freer style and will be much more creative combining everything with fashion.

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

As easy as it may sound, putting all your effort and hard work and never giving up is super important.

Shop her 1st prize womenswear collection inspired by Frozen’s Ana today.