For the Cornell Fashion Collective's 33rd annual fashion show the sophomore design students and myself showed a collection titled Glacial Reprise. My second look explores the soiled surrounding waters post-melted glacier. Stretch cotton sateen cutout top and peplum with burnout organza wrap skirt.
For the Cornell Fashion Collective's 33rd annual fashion show the sophomore design students and myself showed a collection titled Glacial Reprise. My first look explores the process of polluted glaciers. Silk organza ruffle sleeves with a textured metallic body.
I was selected by Cornell University faculty from the Fiber Science and Apparel Design department to compete in the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund case study competition. I was selected as one of the $5,000 winners for my case study featuring my swimwear line, DECO, which can be seen here. If you wish to see a copy of the entire case study, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Created in Adobe Illustrator.
Two hexagons draped on the form to create each side of the cotton sateen blouse - finished with self-made bias tape.
As a part of my Collection Research and Development course I explored the structural opportunities of knitwear. I experimented with knitting by hand as well as with a Silver Reed LK150 mid-gauge hand knitting machine to create knitting samples that mimic structure used in woven garments. These samples became the basis for a potential knitwear collection.
Textile designed and knit on a Shima Seki Knit Machine
Original print created using Adobe Photoshop and printed onto a nylon spandex blend by Design Works Int.
Inspired by the leaves and trunk of banana trees, this textile was printed on silk using a combination of silk screen and four layers of batik.
I was selected by Cornell University faculty from the Fiber Science and Apparel Design department to participate in the 2017 Barbara L. Kuhlman Exhibition: The Five Elements.
The element of fire represents thoughts of heat, passion, and anger, but it also infers a sense of empowerment and strength. It has the ability to destroy just about anything in a matter of seconds, and yet it is also what keeps society alive and well. Doyenne touches on this dichotomy by representing the emerging young woman – society simply could not continue without the physical attributes of women, and yet their power is still stifled in the workplace, academia, politics, and beyond. But is female empowerment as dangerous as a growing fire?
This fiber arts piece represents the concept of breaking through the confinement of social expectations for women – the glass ceiling. Much like a phoenix rising from the ashes, the modern woman must resist reverting back to the historical “proper woman,” ordered to stay home to cook and clean for her husband and children, in order to achieve full integration into society now and forever. Women have evolved over time while constantly adding to their ever-growing repertoire of talents and taken opportunities. With each new societal breakthrough, from women’s suffrage to equal pay, the female psyche has grown bigger and better – and it can only grow from here. This social commentary questions why there is a glass ceiling to begin with, and just exactly what it takes to break through it.
All of these fights and resulting triumphs are represented in the layers of embroidery in this fiber arts piece. Each new handstitched color shows the 3.52 billion females on this earth and their fight to attain physical and mental empowerment in whatever future direction they choose. Each embroidered shape is irregular and unstandardized – each forming its own path around the garment on its own terms, decided by nothing other than itself. This organic, branching embroidery mimics the flickering flames of a roaring fire while simultaneously representing the modern woman paving her way through society’s critical expectations.
I was selected by Cornell University faculty from the Fiber Science and Apparel Design department to compete in the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund case study competition. I was selected as one of the $5,000 winners for my case study featuring my athleticwear line, 114, which can be seen here. If you wish to see a copy of the entire case study, please contact me at email@example.com.
The freshman class collection explored various versions of color blocking. Five shades of denim with contrast double stitching.
Matching romper and vest designed, patterned and constructed for a woman with more realistic body proportions than the average industry model.
After exploring the possibilities of replication at the Art Institute of Chicago, this coat was draped from modified large rectangles and decorated with layers of smaller rectangles - each handstitched onto the shell.