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August 17, 2010 > Fremont's next Vera Wang?

Fremont's next Vera Wang?

Local students demonstrate creativity

By Rajeswari Ramanathan
Photos By courtesy of Diana Dinh and Zuha Khan

Local students are exhibiting excellence in design and artistry even before they reach college these days. 2010 Mission San Jose High School graduate Diana Dinh has a fashion line with clothes made and sold from scratch. Likewise, recent Irvington High School graduate Zuha Khan made her dream come true by setting up a personalized jewelry business.

Three years ago, with the increased marketability of these items, Dinh and Khan put their entrepreneurial abilities to use and initiated their own businesses.

"It wasn't until high school that I realized that the clothes I wanted were getting more and more pricey," said Dinh. "So I decided that making my own would be the best way to get what I wanted without breaking the bank!"

Dinh makes most of her clothes from her own designs, but recently has been mixing different types of clothes, creating a new and unique piece. Khan makes jewelry from her imagination, working with customers to design around their personality for a personal product. However, unlike Khan's original ideas, Dinh gets her inspiration and ideas from independent designers and photographers. She works on expressing her feminine side through her clothes, saying, "My clothing fits my style. I like to make clothing that displays my feminine side without being too girly or frilly!"

These innovative young adults are sharing their growing passions through their businesses, but when it comes to deciding their future, both Dinh and Khan agree that there are different goals.

Khan said, "I wouldn't consider this a career, but I love it as a hobby. I'm planning on pursuing a career as a children's book editor at a publishing company. I'm fond of reading and have edited occasional creative pieces for people."

Khan's jewelry can be found through her website, Dinh is currently only making designs and clothes for friends and family, nonetheless, her special T-shirt designed and sold for the non-profit organization "To Write Love On Her Arms" has been spotted throughout the Tri-Cities.

Yet these girls don't only have business on their minds, as they each possess several other talents in music and art. Strumming the guitar and occasionally dabbling in photography is a passion for Khan, while Dinh enjoys dancing, singing, and Vietnamese zither, which she has been learning for seven years.

Both entrepreneurs will be moving on to college, Dinh studying at Ohlone Community College, and Khan at the University of California, Davis majoring in English Literature.

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