After graduating cum laude from the VCU fashion department, Cate went on to work primarily in costume design and production. After leaving the Richmond Ballet in 2014, she started her own brand—Van Herten Outerwear, for which she has designed and developed hundreds of products. In 2016, Ms. Latham began teaching in the VCU fashion department and has since been awarded with two grants to pursue personal projects. Recent and current projects explore concepts of upcycling and zero-waste integrated with 3D apparel design. Her hopes in academia are to spread awareness about ethical design practices and encourage young adults to discover their passions.