Glitter Gala Intern Profile: Tahsheanna
“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do since first grade,” said Seattle Goodwill Glitter Gala Intern Tahsheanna Pratcher of working in fashion design. “Coming from a small town and looking at all the fashion shows on TV like America’s Next Top Model, I was like, ‘I can’t model, but I want to be a part of that in some way.’”
From the northern Indiana town of Elkhart, Tahsheanna moved across the country three years ago to attend Seattle Pacific University (SPU), where she is studying apparel design. She’s one of three interns tasked with designing outfits for the 2017 Glitter Gala and Fashion Show on November 4 at Hangar 30 in Seattle’s Magnusson Park.
Tahsheanna has held roles in the fashion show SPU produces each year, but when she heard about an opportunity to design outfits for the Glitter Gala, she jumped at the opportunity.
“I love fashion shows,” she said. “And then I heard Glitter, and I love glitter. Glitter and fashion shows, that’s it.”
Following this year’s Gala theme—Universe of Potential—the interns are designing outfits to reflect key figures of our solar system. Tahsheanna has been assigned Venus and moon, and she has developed a very creative plan to reflect each one’s characteristics.
“Venus is love, and we are kind of doing a blind date theme,” Tahsheanna explained. “So each outfit has its own personality. Moon is like night attire, so it’s really fancy and dressy and all that, and then I’m going to do different phases of the moon, so we’ll have really dark dresses and go to white dresses.”
Tahsheanna is excited to soon finally fit her models and then see all her hard work come to fruition on the runway. She’s also enjoyed working on a team that shares her passion.
While Tahsheanna has always gravitated toward fashion, her inspiration comes from a heart-warming place.
“I’ve had this dream that I really want to create this clothing line for paraplegics,” she said. “That’s really what I want to do. My mom was in a car accident five years ago, and it left her paralyzed. But she’s been my inspiration. She still has her big, bright personality, and she is really into fashion, but it’s a little harder for her to get into some of the things she use to wear. So I said, ‘Why don’t I help her with that and help other people?’”
The experience Tahsheanna is gaining through Goodwill’s fashion show is just one more step she’s taking toward one day achieving her goal.