Elaine Greiner (she/they) was born in Des Moines, Iowa. She grew up an only child of divorced parents living in the city of Des Moines. Throughout their high school career, Greiner was a proud member of the Sharks, the school’s synchronized swimming team. In the spring of 2017, Greiner graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School. Follow graduation, Greiner continued their studies in Illinois by enrolling in the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s fashion program and at the end of her sophomore year, Greiner transferred to the fashion program at Columbia College Chicago. In the spring semester of 2020, she secured a summer internship with Cynthia Rowley in New York City and lived and worked in Chicago during the spring semester. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Greiner was urged by her family to return home. After seeing her roommate return home to Taiwan amidst the outbreak, Greiner drove back to Iowa. She continued with her studies at Columbia and hopes to graduate in 2021.
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fashion, Iowa, COVID-19, pandemic, Chicago, Illinois, United States, coronavirus
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Calma, Koda, "Interview with Elaine Greiner" (2020). Capturing Quarantine Oral Histories. 11.