Considered one of the most promising designers at the Caribbean Academy of Fashion & Design, University of Trinidad & Tobago, Sharon Christopher has been selected as one of the designers whose work will be photographed and ultimately showcased as part of Fashion | Panåche 2011. Sharon is a native of Trinidad & Tobago, and was born in the borough of San Fernando. She is the progeny of Assistant Superintendent of Police, Gregory Christopher, and his wife Stephanie.
Sharon reports, “Fashion has always been my childhood passion and a talent that was recognized by my mom who, enrolled me in formal sewing classes at age twelve.” Sharon attended the Siparia Senior Comprehensive School where she pursued clothing and textiles as her choice of study for two years. Unfortunately, challenges often accompany opportunity. In 1990, Sharon was diagnosed with keratoconus, which is a degenerative condition of the eyes. She was constrained to discontinue attending school for some time. In early 1992 she had surgery to correct the condition. She reports retrospectively, “Although life has not always been smooth, I was determine to achieve my goals.”
Beginning in 1993, Sharon attended the Petrotrin Regional Trade School where she graduated as top student after studying pattern drafting and garment construction for an additional two years. Her earliest jobs where at Claudia Pegus and Radical Designs where she served as pattern designer for both houses. She contends, “Working at Claudia Pegus has been an invaluable experience that I will carry with me throughout my career.” There she developed the knack for attention to detail and became even more meticulous in her approach to her work.
Among her many noted accomplishments is her selection as pattern maker for the dress design worn by Trinidad & Tobago’s 2003 representative to the Miss Universe competition. The representative, Faye Alibocus, was among the top five finalists in the international pageant.
Presently, Sharon attends the Caribbean Academy of Fashion & Design at the University of Trinidad and Tobago where she is pursuing a bachelor’s degree of fine arts in fashion design. In 2010 she participated in a school project where she placed second for project excellence, which extended to a Mastercard competition hosted by Mastercard Internation and The Falls at West Mall. Sharon was awarded first place in two consecutive rounds of the Mastercard competition.
In June 2011 she participated in academy’s annual junior thesis for third year students and was placed 1st runner up. Asked about her recipe for success, Sharon posits, “As I pursue my goals, I am committed to excellence in every aspect my work and my life. My personal aspiration is to develop a brand that could be compared to the legendary Coco Chanel and take Caribbean fashion to every corner of the globe.”
ENASHA PHOTOGRAPHY welcomes Sharon Christopher to Fashion | Panåche.