This Pirate inspires through
his passion for fashion.
Daniel Spellman plans to be the future face of the fashion industry
Daniel Spellman began at East Carolina University with hopes of becoming a dentist, but it didn’t take him long to realize his true passion is fashion.
“My interest in fashion comes from my mother, who died when I was seven,” said Spellman, a senior in the fashion merchandising program. “She loved fashion and always dressed me in very fashionable clothes.”
Why did you decide to come to ECU?
I decided to attend ECU because I was always interested in attending a college that exemplified a full range of diverse students that would be a great model environment for the real world. Being that the real world is so full of many different types of people I wanted to attend a college that could give me that experience.
What are your plans after graduation?
I will be moving to New York to further market myself as a wardrobe stylist. My goal is to become a celebrity fashion stylist or creative director, and I'm planning on taking my business message to the world to "Inspire others to inspire others.” As a fashion stylist, I plan on styling for celebrities’ press events, award shows and tours. As a creative director, I will design theatrical layouts for artists to help further elevate their entertainment delivery to their audience.
Tell us more about assembling style sets for Michael Bastian’s Tumblr page:
Last summer, I got an email from an intern for the Michael Bastian brand, and he asked me to help with the launch of Michael Bastian’s official Tumblr page after he saw my style sets on Instagram. He asked me to put a few sets together using all Michael Bastian’s apparel so that he could use it for the company’s social media.
Give us a piece of fashion advice:
I’m forecasting the trend of stripes in this season’s apparel over prints. Although printed garments will be relevant, fashion trends are turning toward a minimalistic style, which exemplifies being fashionable with less flamboyant and attention-grabbing garments. We will likely see a lot of grays, nudes, black and white styles, as fashion is becoming more about the details of the garment construction than the color. A more simplistic and intricate construction using geometric shapes of garments is where I see fashion going.
Photography by: Cliff Hollis
Written by: Grace Haskin
College: College of Human Ecology
Major: Merchandising, Concentration in fashion merchandising and a minor in business administration
Hometown: Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Hobbies & Interests: Playing drums and basketball
Clubs & Organizations: Apparel Interiors and Merchandising Organization
Place on Campus: The photography studio lab in Leo Jenkins Fine Arts Center
Place to Eat: Red Lobster
Class: MRCH 2034 – Textiles, taught by Dr. Runying Chen, where we learned about all the fabrics in the industry.
TV Show: Anything on ESPN
Musician/band: Aaron Spears, the drummer who
tours with Usher
Movie: Gridiron Gang
Most Influential Professor: Dr. Runying Chen
Dream Job: Celebrity wardrobe stylist/designer
and creative director
You Can’t Live Without: God and my family
Role Model: Fonzworth Bentley and Pharrell Williams
Words to Live By: “The ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world are the ones who do.” – Steve Jobs
Advice for Fellow Students: I challenge every student to seek what it is that they really want out of life and whatever you are passionate about find ways to make that your career. Dream big and embrace the fear of the unknown. Have faith in what you believe in so that you can achieve whatever you want to in life.
Something cool about ECU you wish you knew during your first year: I wish I knew about the photography studio and all the things ECU has to offer in the world of arts and entertainment.
“Dream big and embrace the fear of the unknown. Have faith in what you believe in so that you can achieve whatever you want to in life."
– Daniel Spellman