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Artist of the Week: Jessica Garcia

Seattle might be notorious for niche coffee shops and scenic waterways, but locals know it's also home to an array of people who love to create. This city is chock-full of artists who we love to feature weekly on Seattle Refined! If you have a local artist in mind that you would like to see featured, let us know at And if you're wondering just what constitutes art, that's the beauty of it; it's up to you!

Seattle Refined: How does styling and fashion count as art?
To me, fashion and styling count as art because what you wear is a way of expressing yourself. Designing clothes and being able to dress people is my form of art because I am able to not only express myself but help other people feel confident and beautiful in my designs.

How long have you been designing? Do you work with other mediums?
I just graduated from my design school about a year ago, but I participated in my first runway show about 2 years ago. Right now, I mainly stick with fashion design as my main form of art.

Tell us about your new business.
I recently launched Jessica Garcia Studio as my personal, self-titled brand. This brand focuses on limited edition collections done for runway shows and small size runs for purchase and custom made pieces for clients.

Can you tell us about your artistic process and how the different stages work into it?
I look at trends and see how I can fit into those, yet make the pieces my own with different fabrics and trims. I always imagine someone who would be wearing my clothing and think, “Would she wear this?” Then I sketch and source materials and start sewing!

Tell us about where the inspiration for your styling/designing come from?
I am inspired by so many different things, and I walk around on a daily basis looking at my surroundings saying, “Oh! That would be a great idea for a runway collection,” or even looking at places around town that inspire me to create a piece for an editorial photo shoot. Sometimes I am even inspired by music; when I listen to certain songs I can begin to visualize looks in my head.

Do you have a specific “beat” you like best when it comes to fashion?
Whenever I pick runway music, I tend to pick songs that have more of a hip hop beat. I used to dance on a hip hop performance team and honestly that has had a pretty big influence in my work.

What fashion icons do you have/who inspired you when you were young?
It sounds so cliche but Lady Gaga! I grew up watching her and listening to her music and over the years she had been all over the pages of my fashion magazines as the face for Alexander McQueen, Versace, and Cavalli. Also seeing her show up to events in crazy pieces made her stand out and everyone was always talking about her, it was probably my earliest memory of something sparking my fashion interest. Now that I’m older and more in tune with different design houses and brands, and as a designer myself, I am so inspired and absolutely adore Balmain. Olivier Rousteing is definitely one of my favorite designers/creative directors of haute couture.

What experiences in your life have affected your designing/business?
Like I mentioned previously, I used to dance on a performance team, but was also trained in studio forms of dance, and all of that experience has had influence in how I design and a lot of the silhouettes and styles that I show reflect that as well.

If we want to see more of your work where should we go to find?
You can go to my website, which has a gallery and updates on new projects! Also you can follow me on Instagram @jessicagarciastudio.

What is next for you? Anything you’re working on right now that you’re really excited about?
I just booked a show in San Diego this August so a new collection is in the works! Stay tuned!

Lastly, how do you take your coffee? We ask everyone!
70% creamer, 30% coffee...totally kidding! I do like creamer though.