Kandace Woods is a diva. She knows it, and her friends know it.
“My style is sassy, really sassy, that’s how I got the nickname ‘Diva,’ ” said the Stephens College freshman. “My friends recognized my sassiness and figured the name was appropriate. I even had this jacket in high school that I bleached and stitched the word ‘diva’ on the back.”
In addition to designing her own garments, Woods is known for buying clothes and altering them.
“I like to add my own touch to things; I’ll buy a pair of jeans and rip them up, and then add some jewels or patches of fabric.”
Woods discovered her love for fashion in high school and came to Stephens to study fashion and marketing. Her dream is to become an international fashion buyer for a major company.
“I want to travel to Milan and Paris and pick the clothes that will go in American stores,” the St. Louis native said.
Woods wants to start trends because she hates going into stores and seeing the same things all the time, she said. “Ideally, I’d like to be a buyer for a major company, like DKNY, that would allow me to put clothes in stores that would challenge the current fashion industry,” she said.
Woods has not traveled abroad yet, but hopes to study there within the next couple of years.