“To live life and to experience its many ups and downs is how we discover who we are,” says Applewaite. “Similarly, to know your aesthetic in design is to experience the many nuances of the process and to react and critique based on your individual choices.”
Kaye Applewaite is a twenty-four-year-old Barbadian designer. As a child, she had a creative spirit, but growing up on a small island where there were very limited opportunities for design, her initial career choice was medicine. Having been accepted into medical school, she instead decided to take a fashion-design course at a local community college. After graduating from the school as valedictorian, she worked in the local industry for a year, collaborating with other designers and building a small clientele. In order to reach her full potential, she applied to Parsons The New School for Design. During her course of study, she interned for Catherine Malandrino and Yigal Azrouël, and was also awarded the Coach Scholarship for her work in accessory design. She developed a strong focus on experimentation, which led to her thesis, The Arc of Self, a collection driven by her search for identity. It is an individual critique of the process of design, from an initial idea to the final garment. What began as the deconstruction of a hoodie resulted in a five-piece collection that is a blueprint to the thought process.