Profile of a CCISD Graduate, Part 2

Profile of a CCISD Graduate, Part 2
Posted on 05/26/2017
Diego Allison

For anyone who takes the time to get to know Diego Allison there are a couple of things you will notice right away: he’s incredibly talented and fearlessly passionate.

He’s passionate about design and fashion – and has a real knack for making some of the most sought after prom dresses across Clear Creek ISD. But more than anything, he has a desire to leave the world in much better condition than it is today.

That’s why after he graduates from Clear Creek High School he plans to study design with minors in environmental studies and sustainability and entrepreneurship at The University of Texas. 

What he wants to do is try to find ways to eliminate waste within the fashion industry by offering different design solutions to designers and companies – something he has already been a part of throughout his high school career.

“I’ve been interested in fashion since I was 5,” Diego said. “I’ve just always loved it.”

During his freshman year, Diego received his first sewing machine and worked on a quilting project with his aunt for his grandfather who was battling cancer. And while quilting and garment construction are two totally different skills, it provided him with some great practice for later on, he said.

After learning his way around his sewing machine, Diego began designing dresses and made his first 17-piece collection that friends of his modeled for and his cousin, who is a photographer, took photos of.

“Every year since then I’ve done a collection of about 10-15 pieces,” Diego said.

But it wasn’t until his sophomore year that he made his first formal dress. This year alone he made 13 gowns for girls across the district – all one-of-a-kind dresses.

During prom season Diego’s room at home turns into a makeshift fashion studio with sketches and designs taped across shelves and walls.

“There are pins and fabric everywhere,” Diego said laughing.

This year, girls from Lake, Falls, Springs and Creek could all be seen wearing Diego’s designs – even his own prom date wore a unique two-piece design. Diego worked closely with each girl to make their vision come alive by providing them with three sketches and often took multiple trips to High Fashion Fabrics in Houston to pick out the perfect material for each of their dresses, he said.

“There’s a lot of talking involved about what parts they like and what parts they don’t like,” Diego said.

Besides prom dresses, this summer before heading off to Austin, Diego is actively working to pursue a patent for a shoe design he’s come up with as part of a DECA project earlier this year. The premise of the design is to allow women to change a regular ballet flat-style shoe to a five-inch heel – and everything in-between – simply by adjusting different straps on the shoes.

“It works on varying angles,” Diego said. “I’ve worked at the library with the 3D printer to print pieces for the design.”

This summer, Diego also has plans to launch a website featuring his designs. He’s also working on a few other designs, including a wedding dress, for clients.

“I’ve just always been very passionate about art and fashion,” he said. “I love everything about it.”

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