Hello! My name is Parker Paige Blackburn, I am a Mass Communications major and a Fashion Merchandising minor specializing in creative direction, visual communication, journalism, and public relations at the University of South Carolina, that recently graduated in May 2022.
Ever since I was in the seventh grade, I have known that I wanted to work in the fashion industry. It was that school year when twelve-year-old Parker made a pact with herself that she would not repeat an outfit in 2012. Instead, I would take the same few pieces of clothing and see how many combinations I could come up with, making every day a new challenge. I would wear garments upside down, inside out, and even backward. Not to mention I spent my free time playing London Tipton’s Suite Styler, Hannah Montana’s rock star challenge and watching hours of early influencer-era YouTube videos. I did not know it then, but I was planting seeds in my garden full of inspirations, goals, and future opportunities that would lead me to fulfill my passion as a storyteller through the worlds of fashion and beauty.
I believe clothing is one of the best indicators when remembering a specific cultural moment or period of history. Therefore, seeing these garments in greater editorial spaces opens the door for great storytelling and serves a higher purpose of opening connection and conversation that changes how we perceive ourselves, others, and the world around us.