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Alumnus shares his experience: ‘Becoming a stylist to the stars’

UNCG CARS Centennial Alumni Industry Speaker Series continues Monday, April 2, at 5 p.m. in Room 120 of the School of Education building. 

The talk is “Becoming a Stylist to the Stars” (and the Unglamorous Path I Took to Get There).”

When UNCG alumnus Derek Roche graduated from CARS at UNCG, he had his sights set on joining the fashion world in New York City. Although he had to make ends meet by taking some decidedly unglamorous jobs along the way (such as working as a bathroom attendant), Roche’s hard work and persistence eventually brought him to Los Angeles and his current role as personal stylist to Sean “Diddy” Combs.

A star of Lifetime’s “Million Dollar Shoppers,” Roche has also styled the likes of Ne-Yo, Cassie and Nicki Minaj.

Join CARS as Roche describes his journey from bathrooms to ballrooms, and everything in between.

Reception to follow. 

Photo courtesy of Derek Roche