June Yang-Gungsing '14

Apparel Design, minor in Studio Art

'The Reflective Woman' course at St. Kate's helped me think outside the box and become aware of social issues. When I make a piece of clothing I have to decide who I want to buy it. I am aware that a lot of people can’t afford new clothing so there are social justice questions that affect apparel design.

hometown

White Bear Lake, Minnesota

deciding on an area of study

June valued how the liberal arts integrated into her field of study and prepared her to have an open mind. "'The Reflective Woman' course at St. Kate's helped me think outside the box and become aware of social issues. When I make a piece of clothing I have to decide who I want to buy it. I am aware that a lot of people can’t afford new clothing so there are social justice questions that affect apparel design.”

building experience

June's on campus job was publicity coordinator for the St. Kate’s Activities Team (SKAT), which organizes activities for students.

She also gained valuable experience as an intern. "My internship — as an assistant to the costume designer at the Minnesota Children’s Museum — taught me skills I will use in my career." She described her strangest job at the museum being the repair of a stuffed spider that kids had torn while playing. “I learned to use state-of-the-art equipment that will help me in my apparel design career. And I learned how to make things durable so they can withstand active children.”

She described her most exciting apparel design assignment. “I had to take an existing garment and give it a new life."

today

“I’d like to be part of a design team. Someday, I’d like to design for women who are petite like me and have trouble finding their exact size.”