Glitter Gala Styling Intern Profile: Tran Trieu

by Kim Merrikin, Seattle Goodwill
September 28, 2016

Last week you met Ariel Acuezeta, one of our Styling Interns who’s working on the looks you’ll see on the runway at Glitter Gala. Ariel encouraged her classmate at Sanford Brown College, Tran Trieu to look into the same internship—and she did—and Tran is the Styling Intern we’re introducing you to today.

Tran Trieu’s interest in fashion started young—even before seven or eight years old. “I watched a lot of Asian entertainment growing up,” she explained. “I saw their costumes and stage performances, and it was just very appealing—so I started sketching a lot of the stuff the models and singers were wearing, and then I started adding my own designs.” As a kid she played dress up with her little sister and received encouragement that she’d be good at fashion design from her mother. During her time at Franklin High School (FHS) she took a sewing class, and remarked, “The teacher taught apparel and textiles—and I got to use sewing machines, and I realized I really liked it.” Toward the end of her high school career, design and art schools started presenting their programs at FHS, and Tran was of course interested.

For the Glitter Gala Fashion Show, Tran’s segments will focus on flowers and sky. She’s inspired by designers like Fendi—who she sees as simultaneously elegant and edgy, a combination that not many lines pull off well.

When asked how she feels about her work at the annual Glitter Gala helping raise funds for Seattle Goodwill’s mission to provide job training and education opportunities, she said, “I feel like I’m benefitting more than Goodwill is! Even on the business side, I’m learning about communication with models, and keeping everything professional.”

In the distant future, she hopes to have her own brand with her own store in New York City. “It’s always better to start from the bottom and work your way up.” she remarked about her future plans. “To be the next Michael Kors—that’s my dream—but in 5-10 years I’m hoping to be something like an assistant designer at Nordstrom or another brand corporate office. I’d like to start with a good brand—I know there’s a lot I can learn from them.” Expect her future line to be cruelty-free, too. “Ethical sourcing is huge for me,” she explained, while talking about her inspiration in leather goods. “We have the technology now to make fake leather that looks and feels very real—so I don’t think we need to use animals anymore.”

To see Tran’s styling work on the runway, join us at Glitter Gala on October 15. You can buy tickets here.



Kim fancies herself a professional communicator. She has experience in writing, graphic design, and social media, and is always looking to expand her knowledge base into other fields of communication. She loves people, coffee & Seattle (including the rain).

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