Isabel Murillo



Did you have a turning point/ moment when you knew you wanted to work in the fashion industry? What was it?

My epiphany-like moment occurred when I was around 5. My dad noticed I consistently drew women in long gowns and dresses and informed me that I could be a fashion designer. That very first utterance and I knew that’s what I would be.

What was your favorite class at SFSU and why? 

My favorite class so far has been the Advanced Apparel Design class or the collections class. Not many people get the opportunity to create an entire collection based entirely on their own ideas and preferences. As soon as we get out into the industry we will be inundated with compromises. I’m trying my hardest to make this time last as long as possible and remember each and every moment fondly no matter the circumstances.

Where do you envision YOURSELF five years from now? 

I envision myself working as an associate designer at hopefully a company I trust and respect. I believe my goals may seem non-challenging, but I just want to be a part of the creative process while also not compromising my morals. These goals might be somewhat inhibited by the current situation, but that won’t stop me from trying. I’d like to be financially stable enough to support myself and also fulfill my dream.

If you could change something about the apparel industry, what would it be? How would you change it?

 I would change almost everything about the way we produce and consume. I think the problems with the apparel industry are the problems inherent within our current global economic ecosystem, but it’s definitely not something I could change on my own and I believe the only way to actually enact change is through pure revolution.