By LOC TRAN
Dreams don’t always come true, but they did for Sydney Ballesteros.
The Pima Community College student has had a passion for fashion for as long as she can remember, and constantly thinks of ideas.
“It’s all about the little details you see in your head,” she said via email. “My mind is open to see inspiration on a daily basis with everything around me.”
Ballesteros, 31, said she also looks at Diana Vreeland, Grace Coddington and other style icons, artists and visionaries of the past for inspiration.
The budding creative director/ stylist/ writer/ buyer/ consultant has been featured in Vogue Italia numerous times. The most recent article was titled “Vintage Vegas.”
The New York Times also included Ballesteros on the front page of its street style section.
The latest article to showcase Ballesteros’ work is one of her favorites. “Desert Darling” for Matchbook Magazine includes chic elements from her Tucson hometown, something she has wanted to spotlight for quite some time.
Ballesteros is thrilled by the recognition. Growing up in Tucson, she often dreamed of being a part of major publications.
“It was a very surreal feeling of contentment for me and made me feel one step closer to my big dreams,” she said.
Ballesteros displays samples of her work at sydneyballesteros.com.
She credits her parents and both grandmothers for her love of creative styles and vintage clothing.
As a daughter of musicians who were well aware of good style, Ballesteros was always around fashionable parents. One of her grandmothers collected antiques.
Nancy Spaulding, the instructor for PCC’s fashion clothing and design program, immediately recognized Ballesteros’ talent.
“It was obvious when I first met Sydney in class that she had a unique and interesting flair for fashion,” Spaulding said.
“Her recent success, both nationally and internationally, are inspirational for our fashion design students,” Spaulding added. “We are very proud of her.”
West Campus librarian Sandra Ley worked with Ballesteros while compiling reference material for the fashion program.
“Sydney showed a lot of drive,” Ley said. “From the beginning, she showed a tremendous passion for vintage clothing and fashion history.”
Ballesteros hopes to continue her success within the fashion industry and would one day like to work for Vogue.
Nothing can quite match the fun of creating fashionable styles, she said.
“Every time I get to see the vision that I painted in my head come to life is a favorite experience,” she said. “It is a feeling that makes you jump around like a giddy child, every time.”