OFFBEAT: Highland grad in high fashion, including Hollywood film projects

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column
2013-07-22T00:00:00Z 2013-07-22T18:50:07Z OFFBEAT: Highland grad in high fashion, including Hollywood film projectsBy Philip Potempa, (219) 852-4327

It's always great to follow-up about some good news and names from our region who are "going places" with career dreams.

I heard from reader Chris Rodgers of Highland last week, with some exciting news about her daughter Katelyn Rodgers, 27, who was the subject of one of my stories from a few years ago while she was still in college.

Here's what Mrs Rodgers had to share:

"Hi, Phil, in 2008 you wrote a very nice feature story about my daughter, Katelyn. She was in the process of presenting her first one woman fashion show as her senior project at Indiana University in Bloomington. I just thought I would give you an update on her career. She graduated from IU on the dean's list with a degree in fashion design and a minor in studio art. She started an internship with the Chicago designer, Maria Pinto, who at the time, was designing for Michelle Obama. Her next position was with a well known vintage dress shop on the north side of Chicago called Silver Moon. She was involved in the operation of the shop and redesigning vintage wedding dresses. She really enjoyed working with the brides, helping them to create the dress they wanted for their 'special' day. However, her real desire was to work in the costume industry in some capacity. So, with only her suitcase, laptop and sewing machine, she moved to Los Angeles. She was again fortunate to get an internship with a costume studio and gained a lot of knowledge in the creation and fabrication of costumes for films. It is so much fun listening to her talk about her craft and how much she loves the field she has chosen. She truly has found her passion and we are so proud of her. I also wanted to thank you for recognizing that she was a 'person of interest,' something her family has always known. But it was nice to know that others saw this too. Your article was a defining moment in her work toward her goal. Thanks again! - Chris Rodgers."

Thank you Mrs. Rodgers for taking the time to update Times readers. I recall Katelyn, who worked her way through college as a waitress at Giovanni's in Munster, told me she knew she had a talent for fashion design starting back in high school, when she created her own gown for her junior prom in 2004.

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