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Like/Dislike with Heyhee Choi, design student

Nineteen is a lucky number -- at least for MICA'S XIX: An Experimental Fashion Event.

Senior fiber major Heyhee Choi is one of the 19 to be featured at the weekend event, along with 18 other artists and designers who make up MICA's fiber department's multimedia event class.

The collection will include costumes, contemporary fashion, puppetry, performance and a traditional catwalk. Check out the designers' work at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Saturday at 2640, 2640 St. Paul St. Tickets are $7 in advance (at store.mica.edu) and $10 at the door (limited).

Choi, 23, of Catonsville, specializes in textile art and fashion. Her show, called "Garden," will showcase flower dresses.

"These dresses will show my interest in fabric dying and manipulation," said Choi. "Fiber art is intimate and personal; you make everything from the beginning. It's always fascinating to see the fabric or fiber material that I created become something else."

Choi took a break from her studies to discuss her favorite thing about MICA, her least favorite fashion statement and more.

Worst pet peeve? I don't like to eat french fries with any kind of sauce, even ketchup.

What songs are you loving and hating right now? I really like "Counting Stars" by OneRepublic. I don't like when a radio station overplays a song. It gets old fast.

Last concert/gig you went to? "Sci-Fi Spectacular" at Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Worst habit? I eat slowly, so sometimes people who I am eating with have to wait for me to finish the meal, which makes me feel bad.

Last movie you liked? I love "Spirited Away" from Hayao Miyazaki. I don't like to watch movies in general but this movie I watched more than 10 times already.

Favorite and least favorite fashion statement? I don't try to follow trends. Being fashionable is to wear what fits you and makes you feel beautiful.

Best advice you ever got? "Be yourself and quit trying to be everyone else."

Most memorable piece you've done? I made a warrior nymph costume and we had to take pictures in the costume in an appropriate environment. Being in the woods with the costume was fun and it felt like I was allowed to be the character because I was wearing the costume. It is exciting to experience that costumes change the personality of the performer, and give him or her a chance to be another being.

Post-graduation plans? I would like to work as a textile or costume designer. Then I want to start traveling!

Favorite thing about MICA? You are constantly surrounded by inspiring artists and supporting faculty.

Favorite thing about Baltimore? The National Aquarium.

AS TOLD TO CASSIDY STERLING

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