Today we’d like to introduce you to Ariana Rodriguez.
So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
As a little girl, I spent most of my evenings with my mother in her Sewing room watching her work day and night countless hours. I remember I use to just pick up remnants of fabric and begin draping them on my Barbie dolls to try making outfits that would come to mind and would hand sew them to create new outfits for them since they were to expensive to purchase at the time since money was tight. As years went by I began sketching out ideas I had for my mother so she can create garments for myself to have unique outfits for school. When I got to high school is when I decided that I would try sewing my own clothes and began creating costumes with the help of my mother. I began creating more and became addicted to the craft and that’s when I decided I wanted to attend Fashion School, I decided to enroll at FIDM in downtown Los Angeles where I received my degree in Fashion Design.
I began creating costumes for friends and little by little began gaining wonderful clients by references as well as through social media I began creating costumes inspired by my culture and it became bigger every year as time went by, I had wonderful opportunities thanks to multiple friends, family and influential people who believed in me and my craft. I had the honor of creating custom garments for the world’s first and only metal mariachi band “METALACHI” which was always fun working with them. I became more recognized creating custom Rare Mariachi inspired clothing as well as my “Dia de los Muertos” costumes that always had a meaning behind whether it was a political, painful event, or artistic meaning which has always been my intention to share a piece of my mind with everyone. Art is meant to be a form of Expression and I intend to continue and inspire people through my art. I continue to create my art in my wonderful hometown of Whittier, I hope to continue to grow as an artist.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
In the middle of my first year of design school, I became a teen mom with more added stress and struggle as if College wasn’t already. I had to attend school full time with a newborn and still work an internship. There was many nights I cried and wanted to give up on everything. My son would write on my books and homework, he ruined a couple of garments I had to turn in for finals. As much as it was hard to be a young mom and go to school having my son really pushed me to strive and be motivated to aim higher year after year and follow my dreams as a designer. I pushed myself as much as I could in order to get my degree which I completed. I can say that was my biggest struggle which has molded me to the person I am today. I learned that we can overcome anything as long as we push ourselves and not loose faith in ourselves.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Ariana Rodriguez Designs – what should we know?
My business Ariana Rodriguez Designs specializes in Costumes/ garments that are unique for performances and Art events. I specialize in Mariachi styled garments with an edge twist, which sets me apart from everyone else since no one creates mariachi outfits in the market like the ones I create. I have had many clients who have came to me to create special custom Mariachi outfits from me that range from Elegant to fun metal-studded looking outfits. Another specialty of mine is Day of the dead garments I create for Day of the dead festivals which I design, create and sew myself. I hand paint a lot of my Catrina outfits to express the emotion that goes with the theme I choose to create, I offer a full-service experience from start to finish product, I discuss ideas with my clients and design what best fits their inspiration and create a custom pattern to fit their body to create a perfect fit. I always try working with my customer’s budget so they get the full experience without breaking the bank.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
First off the people who deserve most of my credit is my family who have always given me endless support and pushed me to dream for better opportunities throughout the years even when things got tough, they will always be my foundation of hope. Besides family I have had many people who have supported me with my career choices Who are influential individuals who pushed me and guided me through life advice and inspiration. My friends are my biggest supporters always there to help whenever I need it or simply just to show support with my art. Sandra Hahn an amazing artist, businesswoman and influential woman who I always admired that showed me you don’t have to limit yourself to only one craft. If you want to learn something new just do it don’t hold back and always soar for more. Opportunities are endless in this world. Loretta Vampz a wonderful and talented woman who always shared her opportunities with me every chance she had which I admire her as an artist. Antonio Pelayo Productions for letting me share my art a few times in his wonderful events he holds in Los Angeles for “El Velorio” which has inspired me to create more than ever. I have met numerous artists who have shared their knowledge with me and helped me mold me into a better artists and I continue to share that knowledge with other artists starting their journey like I once did.
- Email: AriRodDesigns@gmail.com
- Instagram: Ariana_Rodriguez_Designs
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