When Olivia Carpenter ‘22 gets to work on her fashion line, she’s thinking about something more than just the latest and greatest styles.
“Painting on a canvas and painting on a shirt are different because you paint on a canvas and you just put it up somewhere in a house, and only certain people see it," Olivia says about her socially-conscious clothing line. “But if I’m wearing the artwork, then everyone I meet will see it, and they’ll tie me to this artwork.”
Olivia, who switched majors from journalism to business after discovering her passion, started working on her clothing line in her dorm room at IC. Her designs have a strong but subtle message of social commentary.
“I call it Via Carpenter. That’s my Instagram name. People in the city who know me from my Instagram call me Via. It’s kinda cool. I basically channel my emotions through my art,” Olivia says. “I’ve started selling things already. I am growing, but I want it to speed up. I want to start really getting exposure.”