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Victor Leonard

BA Candidate - Fashion Design, Marketing, Race, Gender, and Sexuality

“My first year interdisciplinary seminar, Picture Theories, taught by Professor Chinnie Ding, laid the foundation for my evaluating imagery in society,” says Victor. “Professor Ding helped me understand and analyze our cultural perception of imagery in many different forms and contexts.”

The Washington, DC native plans to use his concentration to evaluate how fashion design and clothing is coded in our society to influence the way we view sexuality, gender, and race—and how the design process shapes cultural perception. While developing his concentration, he is also pursuing a minor in environmental science. Victor is actively involved with Gallatin student life and hosted prospective students for Gallatin’s Weekend on the Square events. He participated in the 2015 Gallatin Fashion Show, with his collection “Odyssey in Fashion,” which drew inspiration from Homer’s epic poem “The Odyssey.” In 2017, he plans to return to the Gallatin Fashion Show as Student Chair where he will work alongside Gallatin events staff Theresa Anderson and Rachel Plutzer and will create a collection for the runway.

Victor was selected to be a mentor for the Gallatin Writing Program’s Great World Texts Tutorial in the Fall 2015, teaching at Facing History School twice a week, and then took classes at NYU London in the spring of 2016, participating in Gallatin's Global Fashion Industry: Britain Program. He took the full range of fashion courses and interned at both Modus Publicity, a top fashion and beauty PR firm in London, and SHOWstudio, the online home of Fashion Film, founded by Nick Knight.

"London was such a transformative experience for me, thrusting my education and curiosity forward; I fell in love with the city quickly," he says. Returning to Gallatin, he began an internship under stylist George Cortina and serves as an RA for upperclass students.  

Read a feature about Victor's recent work in the latest issue of Gallatin Today, which outlines his time as a fashion intern for the Stern International Volunteers program and his travel to Ghana.

Victor Leonard