Keely Lauren Cansler


My main approach to designing garments often incorporates non-traditional elements from everyday life abstracted in non-traditional ways. I seek to enable those who wear my designs to feel empowered to express themselves through attire designed to challenge the familiar and twist the expected. With each garment I create, I hope to evoke emotion and promote thought about my pieces from both those who wear them as well as those who view them.

My love for fashion began at a young age. Like many, it became my creative outlet and a form of self expression. My passion for the industry led me to the Anni Albers program at North Carolina State University where I acquired a BS in Textile Technology and a BAD in Art and Design. My program had a distinct focus in fabric design and as a result has largely impacted my process and overall aesthetic. During my studies locally and abroad at NCSU’s Prague institute, I was exposed to many techniques for manipulating fabric including hand dying, screen printing, digital print design and more. Utilizing these techniques to create my own fabric designs and incorporating them into my garments is something that is very important to me. During the spring of both 2010 and 2011 I was selected to showcase my work at the annual NCSU Art to Wear Fashion Show. Upon graduation, I moved to NYC to intern with Proenza Schouler for the summer. Then in the Spring of 2012 I was chosen as an Emerging Designer for Charelston Fashion Week and I recently just participated as a local designer for FashionSPARK and Couture for a Cause.

North Carolina State University: Raleigh, NC
BS Textile Technology, BAD Art and Design; G.P.A: 3.49

Prague Institute: Prague, Czech Republic
Spring 2009 Study Abroad Program for Costume Design

Proenza Schouler, New York, NY
Production Intern, May 2011-July 2011
+Assisted with fittings and documentation of fit notes for each season
+Facilitated the production team by assisting with project samples and shipping
+Worked one on one with factories to produce desired samples for each season

Woodys @ City Market, Raleigh, NC
Waitress/Bartender May 2009-May 2011
+Multitasked between various guests and adapted to constant changes in company menus.
+Provided quality service to consumers and developed teamwork skills interacting with managers and co-workers
+Completed monetary transactions and helped train new wait-staff
+Accommodated to difficult customers with both high and low levels of demands

Buckle, Raleigh, NC
Sales Associate, September 2007–December 2008
+Catalogued and classified new inventory prior to floor display, publicized corporate promotions to advertise individual products, and maintained corporate dictated layout of inventory
+Most importantly, maintained passion for product and enthusiasm to create the most enjoyable shopping experience possible for guests

NCSU New Student Orientation, Raleigh, NC
Orientation Counselor/Student Assistant, Summer 2007, 2008
+Selected amongst a vast group of applicants and participated in an orientation training class
+Maintained a professional veneer during a 16 hour work day, and adapted to fluctuation between each orientation session
+Developed and assembled a notebook for the information table that contained personal information of students, student locations, administrative offices, lost and found, etc. ¬¬¬

Charleston Fashion Week, Selected Fashion Designer Spring 2012
FASHIONSpark, Selected Fashion Designer Fall 2012
Art to Wear, Selected Fashion Designer Spring 2011, 2010
+Designed and produced a collection for a show that attracts over 4,000 attendees a year
Couture for a Cause, Selected Fashion Designer Fall 2009, 2010, 2012
+Fashion show benefit where each piece was auctioned off for a greater cause
+CFAC 2012 Winner in the Art to Wear/Couture category
Featured Designer on, January 2013
NCSU University Scholar
Anni Albers Scholar
+Dual degree program between the College of Textiles and College of design
College of Textiles Peer Mentor
College of Textiles Tutor for both Calculus and Physics 2008, 2009
Deans List Fall 2006-Spring 2011


Adobe Photoshop CS5, Point Carre, Microsoft Word and Excel, MX, Vat, and Indigo Dyes, Screen Printing, 8-harness floor loom, Electronic jacquard loom, V-Bed knit machine, Pattern drafting, Industrial sewing machines and sergers, Story Boards