While offering advice, Deidre Gatta understands what the future could hold for her daughter.
“Being in the profession, I’ve seen people that have the potential, and that don’t,” said Gatta. “She has it, and I feel the colleges that she’s looking at and the classes that she’s taking, she’ll do very well. She knows that it is a long road.”
For now, Phoebe Gatta is creating more designs, mainly accessory pieces. She is exploring more and more opportunities, and has even met with a designer in the Schenectady area to try and land an internship. She knows, however, that she lives a little more than two hours north from New York City, a major fashion hub.
“I am trying to get some things here, but every time I go into the city, I fall in love with it more and more. I’ve always felt like that’s where I’ve wanted to be,” said Gatta.
Gatta said she pictures herself as an assistant designer or owning her own boutique. However, she remains grounded and knows she has to take things one step at a time.
“She’s one of these very fortunate students where she knows where she wants to be,” said Deidre Gatta.