Fewer than two years after graduating from Philadelphia University as a fashion design major , Christi Jefferson ’08 has found a national stage to showcase her design skills as a contestant on Lifetime’s “24 Hour Catwalk” reality TV fashion show.
Jefferson will appear as one of four contestants on the Thursday, Jan. 26 episode of the show, which challenges contestants to create their own line of clothing within 24 hours to show to a panel of celebrity judges from the fashion industry. The show will air on the Lifetime TV Network at 10 p.m.
Outside of her appearance in the national spotlight, Jefferson works as a sales associate for Neiman Marcus and runs her own design company, Christi M. Jefferson Designs. She said that transitioning from her day job to filming the episode was a shock, but also “an amazing experience.”
“It was different from anything I have ever done before,” Jefferson said. “It was interesting having like 10 cameras on me and producers yelling to turn this way and to turn the other way, all while trying to create a garment. I met all kinds of people and learned all that it takes to create a reality show.”
Jefferson plans on continuing to explore the different options she has in the fashion industry as she progresses in her career. She said she is interested in Neiman Marcus’s Executive Program to become a buyer, and she is also considering pursuing further education in order to become a professor of fashion design.
“PhilaU has given me the foundation to pursue many different avenues in the fashion industry,” she said. Whether as a fashion designer, corporate buyer, TV contestant or small business owner, Jefferson will keep drawing on her PhilaU education as she makes her way through the fashion world.
For more information on “24 Hour Catwalk,” visit the show’s website, here.