Christine Evans (Beauvoir ’06, NCS ’15) was recognized last spring for her Cathedral-inspired clothing collection, which she completed as a part of her senior project. Now, she is studying Fashion Design at Parsons, the New School for Design, in New York City. Just this past summer she interned at an event for Made Fashion Week at Milk Studios, a primary location for New York Fashion Week. One might wonder how she has already accomplished so much in the fashion industry, but Christine says fashion has been an interest of hers from a young age, and began while she was at Beauvoir. Noting she had always had a passion for art and fascination with clothing, Christine drew her first sketch at Beauvoir in the second grade hallway. And that is when it all began.
Since leaving the halls of Beauvoir, Christine went on to attend the National Cathedral School and continued to pursue her interest in fashion. Her senior project revolved around imagery and architecture from the National Cathedral. Her favorite part of design? "Finding the inspiration from everyday life and transforming my inspiration into an actual piece,” she explained.
She is quite experienced in creating pieces, but there are still challenges. "One of the more difficult parts of designing is, of course, creating the actual garment.” She loves to sew. “I'm a very particular person, almost a perfectionist, so I always strive to make each stitch correct, which can be very tricky at times.” Her keen attention to detail, however, is what makes her pieces so intriguing and beautiful. She was awarded the Rhode Island School of Design award at NCS’ Flag Day ceremony this spring, recognizing her artistic talents.
Not all that she took away from Beauvoir was a passion for fashion. Christine recalls her days at Beauvoir fondly and says Beauvoir shaped her into the person she is today because of the core values – Respect, Responsibility, Kindness, and Honesty. She strives to carry out those values every day because she believes they are the foundation for success. She also remembers her days in Ms. Bloch’s kindergarten class: “She celebrated each student's birthday, whether that be their real birthday or their half birthday, in the most fun ways possible. I received my final birthday card from her this year, signed with her infamous yellow ducks.” Ms. Bloch taught Christine to needlepoint and she helped her created a gray kitten pillow at one of her workshops, which Christine still has today!
Outside of Ms. Bloch’s class, Christine highlights the third grade Maypole dance and Christmas Chapel as two of her favorite Beauvoir traditions. “The memory of [these] traditions will stick with me forever,” Christine says, and “I am very excited to pursue this new chapter in my life in a new environment and do not think I could've gotten where I am today without the support and attention Beauvoir gave me. Their attention to their students is one of the most unique features Beauvoir has, and I remember how they always supported my interest in art every step of the way."