Fashion designer’s mental health journey inspires ‘Metamorphosis’ collection

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Crystal Zhang started struggling with depression during her sophomore year of college.

As a little girl, you’d find Crystal Zhang dressing and designing her barbie dolls. She came to the U.S. from China as an exchange student in high school.

She started at the Columbus College of Art and Design to focus and hone in on her passion for fashion, but when she started her sophomore year, things became difficult. She started struggling with depression, and days started to feel harder and longer.

In response, she honed in on her passion even more as she began tapping into resources around campus. Two years later, it would be her mental health journey that would inspire her senior collection. “I used the kind of dark red to kind of express the anxiety that we have when we’re going through depression,” said Zhang.

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