Ernesto, Los Angeles, California
I was born in NYC, grew up in NYC, lost my virginity in NYC. I thought I’d never leave. But it turned out that to pursue my dream I’d have to. Since I was a little kid, all I’ve ever wanted to do was design beautiful clothes for movie stars. I remember being ten years old and watching old films from the thirties and forties, and telling my mother that I wanted to make the dress Myrna Loy was wearing. I finally got my opportunity when I moved to San Francisco to go to college and study at the Fashion Institute. I landed in Los Angeles and never looked back. I began working with costume designers and am now a successful costume designer in my own right. Los Angeles is the best possible place to do what I love. I get to work with talented and wonderful people. I’ll always love NYC and visit there often, but LA is home now. There’s room to breathe.