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Meet Joe Ando-Hirsh: TikTok's Viral Fashion Designer

The influencer and fashion designer has taken TikTok by storm with his incredible creations, including unique fashion pieces for his girlfriend Niamh Adkins.

Joe Ando-Hirsh went viral on TikTok for creating unique and beautiful clothes for his girlfriend. One of his most popular creations includes a black jacket with a heart on the back, a signature detail of the young fashion designed. After graduating from FIT in New York, Joe has dedicated to create content full time alongside his girlfriend influencer Niamh Adkins, focus on his acting career, and keep designing unique clothes that we all wish we could buy.

Joe Ando-Hirsh sat down with MUD for an interview to discuss his creative process, how he gets inpiration to makes clothes, and what's next after college at FIT.

How did you get into fashion?

My parents were both artists. My father was a photographer and my mother is a chef. I grew up watching them constantly pursue what they were passionate about and they always gave me the freedom to explore my interests. In the 1960’s, my father had developed a small clothing line using culturally relevant textiles. He’d exposed me to his love of fashion at a young age and naturally, I developed an interest. Eventually, I moved to New York City to pursue a career as an actor, and while I still do pursue acting, I decided to attend FIT part-time while doing so.

What’s the hardest part of being a fashion student? What’s the easiest?

The hardest part of being a fashion student is definitely the amount of hours you have to put into your work. In my first year at FIT, I was part of the accelerated one-year program. In this program, they cram two years of education into a single year. For that year, I had little to no social life outside of school and a part-time job. Most weekends and holidays were spent at school, from when the studio opened at 9 am, to when it closed at 2 am.

If I’m being completely honest, there’s no easy part of being a fashion student. While different schools have different responsibilities, FIT demands that all students have the ability to draw, drape, pattern, and sew. It can be very challenging but very rewarding!