Behind The Seams

What's it like to design a celebrity's fashion label?

For several months last year, Mirgun Akyavas, 45, worked as design director for the junior collection of JLO by Jennifer Lopez. TIME talked to Akyavas about her experience:

Q. What was she like?

A. She is a woman with a lot of ambition, and she has the energy and the courage to achieve her goals. She's not my taste in music or films, but I respect her for what she's achieved.

Q. How was the job a challenge?

A. Jennifer would bring us tear sheets from fashion shows and hint that that was what she wanted. For example, she likes...

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