“I was not an average little girl playing dress-up, I had a flame in my eyes,” sophomore and budding fashion designer Chandler Moseley writes on her website.
Moseley has since turned from her dress-up games to dressing those around her in her own handmade garments.
“I became interested [in fashion] at a young age and just stuck with it. While other kids were doing sports, I was just way more into sewing and designing,” Moseley said.
Her first handiwork was not comprised of glamorous fabrics and flawless stitches but instead favored construction paper sewn together by staples. By the age of five, she had already sewn her first dress with her toy sewing machine.
Moseley has evolved her paperwork pieces into expressive, colorful outfits that are inspired by the world around her.
“I get my inspiration from literally everything. Right now I’m really into aquatic life and paintings,” Moseley said. “I’ll make mood boards filled with photos that will guide my collections. I’ll cut them up and collage them onto a figure drawing and sketch it from there.”
Since last fall, Moseley has been working to turn her fabrics into five or six fashionable outfits that will make up her first official collection.
Moseley hopes to fully release her collection soon and has already started posting items from the line on her website. Currently, she has two resort style dresses and a jacket styled with dramatic sleeves.
According to Moseley, the blue jacket is her favorite piece in her current collection and she is even working on trying to get it manufactured.
“It legit just came out of my head which I think is the coolest part. I just had this idea for these sleeves that were really dramatic,” Moseley said. “To see it come out of my head onto a mannequin is just really cool.”
According to Moseley, this will be her first piece that is up for sale. If all goes well, she hopes to be able to see her design being bought by next spring.
“I want to expand my brand but it’s hard to do. The manufactures is in Los Angeles so I have to fly down and do business meetings there,” Moseley said.
To photograph the jacket for her website, she chose friend and former model, junior Olivia Cooke, to model the garment.
“I pick girls that really embody the spirituality behind each garment. The jacket is really sophisticated but it’s also super fun and bubbly at the same time, and I thought Olivia was just a really perfect person to pick,” Moseley said.
This was Cooke’s first time modeling for Moseley’s line but she hopes to continue to support her friend in her work.
“She said it took her a lot of time for her to make and I could see that in her work. I personally could never make that and I think it’s really good that she’s pursuing a dream like this at such a young age,” Cooke said.
Aside from focusing on her fashion collections, Moseley has used her passion for fashion to fight bullying.
She figured there was no better way to spread awareness than to put her message on the things she loves to create most: t-shirts.
Moseley also has her own anti-bullying platform on her website, created in 2013, where she sells her personally designed t-shirts that sport the slogan ‘Bullying is Never in Fashion.’
According to Moseley, she has shipped her shirts nationwide and all of the proceeds go to PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center.
“We have sold a large number of these t-shirts. Last year, the most we sold alone in one day was roughly 200 shirts,” Moseley said.
Moseley hopes that creating a fashion forward message that promotes kindness will help stop bullying in schools.
“She’s really passionate about it. I think it’s a really good message to send, especially to younger girls. With that type of platform, I think it would really help in high school because it’s such a tough four years. She’s spreading a message at such a young age,” Cooke said.
Senior and teammate Katie Levy met Moseley on the Redwood girls’ golf team this year.
Levy has a photo exposition that also empowers women by taking a stand against discrimination called “Women facing West” and feels connected with Moseley through their common goal of advocating for rights of others.
“I think it’s amazing. I honestly had no idea she was doing something like that. I feel like more people like us should be doing things like this,” Levy said. “Especially in the world right now, it’s such a strength to do that and inspire more people to stand up to bullying and empower those around us. It’s important to raise our strength in this day and age.”
Moseley was first exposed to fashion through her mom and grandma, who took her to her first fashion show at the age of three. Her grandma was the one who first taught her how to hand sew.
“My grandma has a really amazing closet, it has all this vintage [clothing] and brands like Giorgio Armani. She was really the one who educated me about designers and I learned about Coco Chanel through her,” Moseley said.
Coco Chanel is Moseley’s favorite designer and one of her biggest inspirations as she’s grown her own brand. She idolizes her so much she even named her dog after the designer.
Moseley has been featured on ‘The Project for Women,’ a platform that promotes female empowerment, and was one cut away from making
Project Runway Junior last year.
“Whether or not Project Runway happens doesn’t affect me, it’s just more getting to my goals as fast as I can. My ultimate goal, something I have been saying since I was little, is I want to become the best fashion designer in the world.” Moseley said. “I just want to make an impact in the fashion world, a positive one.”
In the future, Moseley hopes to attend both design and business school.
“You can have the creative mind but you also have to have a good business sense behind it or else your brand is going to go south,” Moseley said.
Moseley hopes to continue to create more collections and gain more traction for her anti-bullying platform as well.
“I love making women feel good about the way they dress and about the way they look,” Moseley said.