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25 Most Stylish Bostonians of 2010 -- Samira Vargas

Samira Vargas (Dina Rudick / Globe photo)
By Christopher Muther
Globe Staff / November 18, 2010

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Samira Vargas

Age: 31

Residence: Dorchester

Occupation: Avant-garde designer, student at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and security guard at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Q: When was it that you first realized you had the ability to design clothes?

A: I first started designing my own line of bags when I was in college back home in the Dominican Republic. The girls in the fashion department asked me where I was getting my bags. I told them that I had made them. They assumed that I was going into fashion, and I told them that I was in the graphic design department. That convinced me to switch majors.

Q: As a designer, do you pay attention to trends, or do you tend to ignore them?

A: I don’t necessarily follow them to the letter. I think I try to make them my own by adding my own personality and filtering what I like and don’t like about them. It’s a coincidence that the clothes I’m working on now happen to follow what’s in style. I have a lot of camel, silver, and metallic colors, which are all very popular at the moment. I know that I would have used leather anyway.

Q: As a college student on a budget, do you have any places that you frequent to find style without spending a fortune?

A: Even though I don’t have much of a budget, I’m picky. When I’m buying fabric, I can’t bring myself to cut back. If I have to take a loan, I’ll take it. I think quality over quantity is a lot more important. If I’m walking on the street and I see something I really like and I think it’s worth the price, I’ll buy it.

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