• Christian Grotewold

My Muses Pt. 2: My Sister


The second woman that inspires me is my sister, she has overcome so many obstacles and continues to prove herself a force to be reckoned with. Sharon and I have always been very close, she is my favorite person in the world and I do not know what I would do without her. She has always been there for me, even when I do not deserve it... and for that, she deserves the universe. My sister is currently studying fashion design in Guatemala and has also begun taking major responsibilities at Modas Y Textiles, has started her own brand, Le Petit Rouge, and is now a mother!

Fashion has always been part of our family, with many stores throughout Guatemala, but what awoke that interest in my sister was when Modas Y Textiles opened up at Plaza Fontabella. Sharon was always torn between fashion and medicine, but what made up her mind was attending the Fashion Seminar at SCAD. Here, she learned the basics in fashion design: creating a mood board, styling, colors, and fashion illustration. Once she came back to Guatemala, her desire to become a fashion designer had been born.

My sister began creating designs at college, they gave her the task to create basic garments like blouses, skirts, and pants. Slowly but surely, she began gaining confidence and for each project she challenged herself to create something that had not been taught yet. Once she gained more experience, she created her first skirt for herself made out of purple taffeta. Now, she specializes in gala outfits.

Sharon's icons are Alexander McQueen, Elie Saab, Zuhair Murad, Dolce & Gabbana, Gianni Versace and Mishka Aoki. Her favorite though, is McQueen - his designs are very theatrical and that is something my sister has always admired and taken inspiration from. In fact, some of the designs my sister has made for a Guatemalan blogger, Jose Ibarra, are very theatrical and avant-garde.

The biggest challenge my sister has faced is... college. It's ironic actually, for a college known for its arts, they limit the creativity of their students a lot and are not very understanding. Due to their religious views, my sister was always the "black sheep" but this was only more inspiration for her to achieve more. Another challenge is being her mother's daughter; the moment the fashion industry knew my sister was becoming a fashion designer... they began to expect a lot from her, especially our mother.

In 10 years, my sister sees herself running Modas Y Textiles, having her own workshop at the store, and having many clients requesting gala outfits. Her end goal is yet to be determined because of a little miracle that threw a curve ball at her life... her son, Gabriel.

My sister's pregnancy came as a surprise to the entire family. She was on the pill and did not know that eventually, due to a condition, she would not be able to have babies. But, destiny had other plans and gave her Gabriel. Being pregnant did not stop her, she continued her studies and fashion work until the baby decided to be born. The strength my sister has shown throughout her entire life is to be admired. She has taught me many things, things that I did not know I needed to learn about life. I love my sister with all of my heart and I know she will go far.


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