GLEN ELLYN – As a little girl growing up in northeast Poland, College of DuPage student Anna Loosli fell in love with fashion, making Barbie clothes for a friend before eventually graduating to her mother's sewing machine.
On July 2, she will begin a four-week program learning couture techniques at the Paris American Academy in Paris, France.
“She's an excellent student,” said College of DuPage Fashion Studies Coordinator Sharon Scalise, who is also Loosli's adviser. “She really has a great grasp of the fashion industry.”
While in Paris, Loosli, a Carol Stream resident, will study and visit historical attractions such as the Louvre, the Musée d'Orsay, the Musée du Textile and the Foundation YSL.
For her final project at the academy, she will create a draped bustier inspired by the haute couture method of designer Madame Grés.
“It will allow her to take it to that level of perfection,” Scalise said.
Loosli, who is also interested in painting, felting and interior design, describes her aesthetic as classic, simple, sharp and sophisticated.
“This is something that is inside me,” she said.
Loosli started her career in fashion in Poland before moving to the U.S. four years ago. She began taking classes at College of DuPage in 2011 and has since earned certificates in fashion design and fashion entrepreneurship from the school.
Additionally, she has received several honors and awards in recent years, including being selected by Project Runway finalist Suede as the grand prize winner of his U Rock it Fashion Contest for her hoop skirt design.
Loosli plans to complete her associate degree in fashion design in the fall.