Keytha Fixico: Big Brain 2013 Finalist, Craft

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Keytha Fixico
In five years, he wants to work as a full-time fashion designer. And there's not much standing in his way.

Fixico plans to take a year off from school after he graduates. He's hoping to land a gig in retail, preferably something high-end like Prada or Neiman Marcus. Then, he wants to attend the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) in Los Angeles. He scoped out the school in March 2012 and was impressed by its offerings. Meeting former Project Runway contestant Nick Verreos there didn't hurt, either.

In the library of his father's home, Fixico shows off items from his spring/summer 2014 collection. This room is where he does most of his work, from laying out fabric and conceptualizing his designs to sewing them. He pulls dresses in red and pink onto his form. They have a Hollywood present-day starlet feel to them.

He says he'll show the pieces through June. Then it's time to start working on a fresh collection.

"I don't know if that's how other designers do it, but that's how I'm doing it," Fixico says often, when discussing his work.

Then he remembers that prom is on April 27 and realizes that's the same night as Artopia. No worries. He says that the limo driver can drop him at Monarch Theatre -- tailcoat and all.

Meet the finalists on April 27 during our Big Brain celebration, Artopia.

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