As a designer, I find that research is one of my most important processes. Research provides the foundation and structure that influences where the design can go. I am often inspired by visual and tactile sources. I tend to do extensive research which includes silhouettes, fabrics, colors, trims, time periods, social and/ or economic structures, cultures, etc. My creative process is constant. Therefore, my research is merely a foundation, not necessarily a strict guide. Throughout my portfolio, there is an array of shows from various time periods and backgrounds. I think my overall style would be that of a heightened realism, which also incorporates my style & aesthetic as a designer. Even in a show, with an unrealistic setting or characters, I try to find how it relates to the human experience. I want the audience to find understanding with the story and see how it relates to them or an aspect of their life.