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Bay City native designs fashion in New York City

By adriana_acosta
Aug. 8, 2011 at 3:08 a.m.

Miles Ehan puts the finishing touches on Katy Perry's  corset costume made completely out of rock candy.

Miles Ehan always knew his life would revolve around the fashion industry.

At a young age, Ehan would watch his mom sew fabrics together.

"My mom was so crafty and I began to do arts and crafts with her," Ehan said.

Watching Project Runway and reading fashion magazines also served as inspiration, he said.

And with hard work and dedication, Ehan has worked side by side as a fashion intern with Isaac Mizrahi and Christian Siriano, at New York Fashion Week and collaborated in designing singer Katy Perry's costumes for her California Dreams tour.

His designs have also inspired a makeup collection with Three Custom Color specialist, a makeup company from New York.

After graduating from Bay City High School, Ehan moved to New York City to attend Parsons the New School for Design.

"When I got off the plane to visit the school, I saw the view and it was breathtaking," he said. "I knew this was the place to be."

After a semester at design school, Ehan began to apply for internships. He found his first six-month internship with Isaac Mizrahi.

"My internship with Issac was intense and fast paced, but I learned so much from him," he said.

Ehan said he attended meetings where he assisted in fitting models and worked backstage at fashion shows.

"It's amazing to see how much he has accomplished," he said about Mizrahi. "Everywhere we went, there was a camera crew following him."

Being an intern with Project Runway season four winner, Christian Siriano, was more hands on because he had a small team and he was just starting out, he said.

"I helped pick fabrics, helped with design, embroidered, worked backstage at fashion week and even attended fashion meetings," he said.

To get the internship, Ehan emailed for internship information. "Next thing I know, I am sitting next to Christian and he is reviewing my portfolio."

Soon after his year internship with Siriano was completed, he began collaboration with artist Will Cotton, who is a painter and features landscapes composed of sweets. Cotton also designed singer Perry's album cover.

"He was interested in incorporating fashion into his work and asked if I was interested," he said.

Ehan's job was to come up with costume ideas that Perry would use in her tour.

"This project forced me to step out of my box and think of how to incorporate food into fashion," he said.

The album cover revolves around candy and sweets.

He designed a dress made of cupcake paper and a corset made completely of rock candy.

Soon after the project was complete, Three Custom Color specialist, a makeup company from New York, reached out to Ehan for a collaboration based on the designs with Perry's customs.

The special collection titled, The Sweetest Thing Trio, comes with Icing on the Cupcake eye shadow, Candy Cloud 9 gloss and Lollipop lip gloss.

"All this has felt like an out-of-body experience," he said. "This is something that you only dream and don't think it will ever happen."

Ehan said it is important to never doubt yourself and never give up.

"There are times when things get hard, times when you think things are impossible, but stay true to yourself, that's what's important."

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