The next time you think to yourself, as everyone does, that your workload is overwhelming, consider Lisa Hoang. In one week, the emerging designer and fourth-year Fashion and Textile Design (FTD) student at NC State’s College of Textiles, will be presenting on the Main Stage at New York Fashion Week (NYFW) alongside designers like Christian SirianoJenny PackhamMarchesaand Vera Wang. She’s also taking a full-course load of classes so that she can graduate next spring. And she holds the assistant designer position at Cheryl King Couture, a Wendell, N.C. company.  

As you might expect, the 22-year-old is sleeping no more than four hours a night right now while she continues to finish her collection, complete class assignments and learn the ins and outs of showing her work in what is arguably one of the world’s biggest fashion stages. Since finding out in early August that she was accepted into NYFW, she’s been working tirelessly on creating her collection while also meeting regularly with the event’s organizers and production teams (IMG and LDJ Productions) to sure up her venue, plan her show, cast her models, work on her media presence and more. Once NC State started classes again, she had to schedule her NYC trips in a way that didn’t interfere with her studies, often leaving on a 6 a.m. flight out of Raleigh and returning from Manhattan later that day just in time for class.  

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