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Lainey Volz

Sophomore

Bio

My name is Lainey Volz and I am a Fashion and Textile Design Major with a concentration in Fashion Design at NC State’s Wilson College of Textiles. I grew up in Concord, MA where I have been telling everyone since the second grade that I want to be a fashion designer when I grow up. My family is the most important thing to me, and they have always supported my love of fashion design. My dad and mom always took me to fabric stores as a kid, and I vividly remember receiving a sewing machine from them on Christmas morning. Being so close to my family made the move to North Carolina initially challenging, but I can truly say I found a second family here at the Wilson College of Textiles. The word family is often thrown around, but the community here at Wilson truly fits the definition. I immediately felt that way all the way back to Fashion and Textile Design Interview Weekend. A fun fact about me is that I will be training to be certified as a group stationary group cycle instructor Fall 2023 and will be teaching classes at Carmichael Gymnasium here at NC State!

Why Wilson?

One weekend, I was struggling sewing a pair of pleated pants, so I looked up a tutorial. That was when I discovered the YouTuber, Kiana Bonollo (a Wilson College alumna). I became a huge fan of her videos, and in awe of her skill set as a designer. I couldn’t help but wonder where she got her education, which led me to discovering the Wilson College of Textiles. Being from Massachusetts, this was the first time I was introduced to the Wilson College of Textiles, and the wide range of fashion and textile courses amazed me. My fashion design process has always started at the fabric store, but the Wilson College delves into the entire design process. I knew from Fashion Textile Interview weekend that Wilson was where I saw my future. My parents took a picture of me (without me noticing) walking out of my interview, and even though I am wearing a mask, you can see in my eyes how big I was smiling. I walked out of that weekend immediately knowing this was the school for me.

Major

Fashion and Textile Design

Concentration

Fashion Design

Classification

Second-Year

Expected Graduation

Spring 2026

Hometown

Concord, Massachusetts