4Q’s with Mess Queen

I first noticed Courtney Gamble a.k.a. the MessQueen’s designs at a fashion show a few months ago and have been dying to get in touch with her ever since! As someone who’s put the leggings trend to good use over the past year (along with the rest of the world) her designs are exactly what I’ve been waiting for! With the intricate details and vibrant colors, these aren’t your everyday leggings- You better have someplace to go in these! Her beautifully outrageous designs look like they were made for Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj themselves…and with that being said I made sure to find out all about her new line!

How long have you been designing and what made you start with leggings? 
I started designing when I went to school for fashion design at 18 years old. Learning how to do everything from scratch was a bit overwhelming for the first several months so I would work in the labs until closing every night trying to perfect my newly learned skills. I made my first pair of leggings for my final collection project in the fifth semester (Sept. ’07). They were purple and black leopard printed cotton lycra with a turquoise nylon triangle patch on each knee. They were an instant hit! I decided to concentrate on making leggings after realizing how attracted people were to them. I had so many ideas for new designs and after finding all the spandex fabric hot spots, I was hooked.

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