My name is Ciarra Mariah and when I was 9 years old I began making clothing. First, I learned how to knit during my 4th grade art class and would spend hours making scarves, hats, and even sweaters. One day, I went to the local arts & crafts store along with my school's knitting club to restock on supplies. In the store, my young curiosity led me to wonder into the fabric section and imagine if I could create something out of the bright-pink silk fabric that had caught my eye.
In short, this is the day that I left the store with fabric, a needle, matching thread, and a dream.
My 4th grade art teacher had noticed my interest in sewing when I would proudly bring my handmade creations to school. She later gave me a basic lesson on how to use a sewing machine in order to develop my new-found passion. Over the course of those young years, I became an aspiring designer that went on to practice through trial and error. I sewed for hours every single day and would proudly show off everything I created to my friends, family, and teachers.
I volunteered for non-profit fashion shows and competitions at my high school to gain experience, challenge my ability, and discover a higher purpose for my craft. I even won a couple of design competitions and received scholarships for college.
I went on to pursue Business Marketing at Howard University because I was driven to start my own clothing business one day. As I discovered my path and made connections while attending Howard, I gained enough confidence to start showcasing my work at the Mecca of excellence. My Junior year is when I began displaying my designs and worked towards having my own clothing brand entitled “CIARRA MARIAH”. Now that I am a Senior at Howard University, I have realized that the dreams that I once had are now closer than I could have ever imagined.
As I have learned to embrace myself, I want to design for individuals that are embodying everything that they inspire to be. CIARRA MARIAH is a clothing brand that represents those that inspire and thrive like SUPERSTARS!