Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design senior Jessica Gray remembers having a passion for fashion when she was just a child.
The Detroit native would put on fashion shows for her family, and often talked about her desire to become a model. Her grandmothers loved luxury brands like Yves Saint Laurent and Stuart Weitzman, and took Gray on shopping trips to fashion behemoths like Neiman Marcus.
Gray decided to take those childhood dreams and transform them into her life’s work.
The art and design major, who specializes in photography and fashion design, launched her own haute couture-inspired sportswear line last year. Named Gersai Collections, it’s inspired by Detroit and Gray’s experiences in the city.