Michele Sansone shows her line at St. Louis Fashion Week

4:19 PM, Oct 9, 2012   |    comments
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By Heidi Glaus

St. Louis (KSDK) - Michele Sansone's life is anything but boring. She didn't design it that way, life just sort of happened.

"I got through my first section of college ran out of money, did a bunch of other jobs, enlisted, did a bunch of other jobs plus still doing the guard then finally had enough money to go back to school," Sansone explained.

Put the pieces together and it seems a little odd at first. It's not often you hear about a fashion designing soldier.

"I started sewing when I was 7-years-old," Sansone said.

For the record, she never tried to alter the uniform, but she does approve of the recent changes. She also has great memories of serving in Iraq like when President Busch surprised them on Thanksgiving.

"It was the only good food we had," Sansone said.

And of course, some not so great like when her vehicle went off the road.

"It felt like I was in a dryer and watching all of the stuff we had in the back of the truck circle around me," Sansone said.

Civilian life is slightly calmer. At least it was before she was chosen as one of the six designers to show her line during St. Louis Fashion Week.

"It's 12 complete looks now if you're doing dresses, that's twelve dresses. If you're doing separates and suits it can be up to four or five pieces per," Sansone said.

It seems that discipline she learned in the guard is coming in rather handy and that's not all the two careers have in common.

"If you don't know what you're doing something is going to get messed up," Sansone said.

It's not likely she will mess anything up. She's already left quite a mark on the Missouri Army National Guard.

"This was actually the unit patch that I did the design for the 20th aviation," Sansone said.

And you expect her to leave quite an impression on whatever comes her way in the future.


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