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Meet Tina Gancev

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tina Gancev.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I was introduced to the making of garments at around six when I would see my grandmother make these beautiful clothes for me and my mom. I started with fashion illustrations first in High School, and at around the age of 16 is when I realized I wanted to study Fashion Design. It became my goal to come to SCAD, so I made my dream come true since I trained tennis for ten years before and obtained a full ride at SCAD Atlanta in 2013 at the age of 17.

That’s when I did four years of undergraduate studies in Fashion Design where I learned everything from drafting, pattern making, draping, and more. I got many opportunities and experiences throughout my time there. I got to be a part of Charleston Fashion Week as one of the top emerging designers, compete at CFDA+, China Institute of Fashion, LVMH, and won an IDA Bronze award (International Design Awards). I did not limit it only to fashion though, I had competed at a Street Art competition and won 1st place where I got the opportunity to paint a 230ft mural at 1660 Peachtree Apartments. At the end of my senior year, I was featured in SCAD’s annual fashion and static shows, a juried celebration of fashion featuring SCAD School of Fashion senior and graduate student collections. The shows took place in Atlanta, Savannah, and Hong Kong.

I am currently pursuing a master’s degree in Luxury and Fashion Management at SCAD, which has allowed me to expand my knowledge and experiences in various directions. One of the latest projects was re-creating the State Imperial Crown as well as the Diamond Diadem for SCAD FASH using 3D printing, as a part of the “Cinematic Couture” exhibition. I was sponsored by Swarovski for this project. They are on display until March 2019.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Working on the senior collection was one of the more interesting periods, where I learned a lot about myself and the fashion industry overall. Fashion is very subjective, and at the end of the day, you should focus on what you want your collection to be, and not please others. Once I learned that through critiques and opinions of others, the process became easier and the collection turned out just the way I wanted it to.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Tina Gancev – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
As a designer, my primary focus is eveningwear with a touch of couture. I believe haute couture is what sets the trends for RTW designers and it contributes to fashion season predicting. Draping is my main source of inspiration and what I specialize in. Once I start playing with fabric, the ideas become endless. I love elegance, and showcasing that side of every woman that gets to wear my designs. I try to incorporate that beautiful movement of fabric with its wearer in every design.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I am open to different opportunities that open doors into other industries as well, not limited to the fashion industry. Down the road, I would love to have my own line. I want to have the freedom to design and do what I love, and having customers that love wearing the garments I create, worldwide.

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Image Credit:
Photographers: Acquille Dunkley, Chris Mills, Shelsea Doran; Models: Crystiana Brooke, Shannon Fogerty, Cherry Song; Crowns: Swarovski Crystals

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