Ally describes herself as a conscious shopper with an eye for vintage pieces. We met her in front of a high-end fashion and beauty store in the Italian city of Milan. The 16-year-old student said she had just bought a t-shirt from a concept store nearby after being intrigued by its original print.
Dreaming of creating choreography to be performed on international stages, Ally is working hard to achieve her goal. After leaving the classroom, the high school student spends all her time in Kharkov Dance Academy to prepare for her future career.
For its Voices from the Supply Chain series, Better Work spoke to Ally about her life, her fashion choices and how inclusivity in fashion plays a crucial role for the young generation
I love comfortable clothes. Feeling comfortable is the most important thing for me. My favourite items are the large, jazz pants I use when training. I also like the ‘80s and ‘70s fashion styles because people were expressing themselves, their freedom, personality and creativity through their clothes back then. They also made use of a lot of bright colours, which I love.
I bought an oversized t-shirt with a very beautiful and bright print. The print reads “forever offline”- the message is meant for introverted people.
I buy items that I think they will fit me well and with which I feel comfortable walking down the street in. I need to feel confident while wearing my clothes.
I don’t usually spend a lot of money on clothing. I rarely buy designer labels. I mostly shop vintage clothes. Let’s say I spend around 15 percent of my monthly budget on clothes.
I would definitely increase inclusivity and diversity across the industry. This is very important for my generation. I would add more diverse role models in the fashion industry, representing people of all sizes, colour and age.
I would want more tips on washing. I sometimes buy clothes that shrink or get ruined after the first wash.
I would ask the designer who made my t-shirt what was the inspiration behind it. Both the print and the logo were unusual. I’d like to know about his creative process. On the other hand, I’d like to ask the people who actually made it how long it takes to stitch up a t-shirt.
Yes, of course. Good working conditions for the workers are extremely important. If there were a tag inside each item of clothing certifying that the people who produced it were treated fairly, I would definitely be ready to pay more.
I admire people who are not scared to be themselves and who speak out loud without fearing other people’s judgement. I hope to become like them one day.
I hope to work in the dancing industry. I want to be a good person, help people and feel confident about what I am doing.