She had us with the gowns. At 2013’s FOTS, Sarah Lyons wowed both the judges and the audience with exquisite gowns, capturing first prize for her gorgeously detailed, understatedly glamorous work.
So we wanted to check back in with the Western Michigan University student and see how what’s new with last year’s top winner.
“I’ve had two amazing internships,” says Lyons, 21, a Grand Rapids native. “And definitely winning FOTS was helpful when I was applying for internships. It gave me a focused way to discuss my work.”
One of Lyons’ internships was at Kleinfeld Bridal, the NYC-based store that is featured on TLC’s show “Say Yes to the Dress.” Kleinfeld advertises itself as “the world’s largest selection of wedding gowns.” For her second internship, Lyons worked at Rebecca Schoneveld, a smaller Brooklyn-based store centering on the romantic-cum-vintage designs of Schoneveld.
“At both places, I learned so much about fit and construction and alterations,” says Lyons. “I got to meet some cool designers and just get a better sense of how the fashion industry works, both behind the scenes and with customers.”
Currently Lyons is hoping to spend part of her senior year at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, through a collaborative program run by WMU. Her other future plans definitely lie with fashion, but Lyons isn’t sure exactly where.
“Obviously, my heart and my talents gravitate towards bridal design,” she says. “But I’m struggling a bit with that now. I want to see what other parts of the fashion world have to offer. Do I want to go more into the tech side, with specs and planning? Or more design? There are so many choices.”
We know she will make the right ones. She’s already shown us that she can.