2012 BRHS graduate makes it big in NYC

Darla Shaler, Campus Currents

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A 2012 BRHS graduate is inspiring the fashion world as he designs a name for himself in New York City.

Christopher John Rogers is an up-and-coming fashion designer who grew up in Baton Rouge as a BRHS Bulldog. He is now an associate designer for Diane von Furstenburg and is designing his own label.

Rogers had a love for fashion since elementary school and honed his love for fashion design when he partnered with BRHS alumna Julie Lu to design pieces for the annual BRHS fashion show in 2011.

The duo took their designs to the 2011 New Orleans Fashion Week.

While at BRHS, Rogers had a love for art as he was enrolled in talented and regular art during his high school years.

“I knew he had that star-quality, and he was just so gifted,” said talented art teacher April Hammock.

“I knew he was going to come up with a clothing line. He was a wonderful fellow, very sweet, very gifted, and very smart.”

After graduating high school, Rogers took his craft to Atlanta and majored in fashion design at the Savannah College of Art and Design. During the summers he interned for influential designers including Tanya Taylor and Aside Jean-Pierce.

While at SCAD, the young designer won the SAGA Furs International Design competition and a sponsorship competition from Swarovski which prepped him to design his own label entitled Collection 001.

His designs have been featured in Ebony magazine, and he even designed a fur coat for hip-hop rapper Cardi B that she was seen wearing at the BET Hip Hop Awards in October.

His own line is geared towards women, specifically women of color.

In an article posted by InRegister, Rogers said that he ultimately hopes to “create safe spaces for people of color and introduce an influential representation of black and brown skin to fashion that’s both interesting and celebratory.”

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