Dominican University Fashion Show

As the 2011 DU fashion show approaches (April 9-10), I can’t help but think back to only two years ago when I was in the senior designer’s shoes. Senior year was, hands down, one of the most stressful years of my life thus far. However, I wouldn’t go back to change a thing! My senior collection was a reflection of what I was feeling at the time and was the personal release that I needed to clear my head and my heart… to give me a fresh start and ultimately the courage to be doing what I am today. So lets take a journey back in time… shall we?

Picture it… River Forest 2009… I’ve worked an entire semester for 2 days, 3 shows and one cohesive collection…

Purity, Perfection, Sophistication, Contemplation

The concept behind my senior collection, entitled “Attempted Entrapment” is based on the idea that society, the media, and other people may try to change who you are to match what they want to see, but in the end you are the person you are and no one can change that besides yourself. This collection of four garments is bringing to life the emotions one feels when he or she is being pressured by outsiders. First, multiple layers of sheer fabrics are used to emulate the complex levels of the human mind. All of the layers of fabric work together to create a new pattern just as people are very complex and multilayered. Secondly the use of constricting undergarments such as petticoats, a pannier and corsets represent the way society and some people may try to change and mold others into what is deemed acceptable. The unique and flattering silhouettes help the viewer visualize ideals that are imposed by society such as purity, sophistication, quietude and perfection. The innovation in the construction of the garments as well as the creation of the fabrics exemplifies the ideals of individuality.

This was the end to my academic career at Dominican as well as the beginning to realizing who I am as a designer. Since then, I have started my own business and just released my 4th and most cohesive collection, Intergalactic Expedition.

Atlantis Gown, and the first piece of my latest collection

I am also proud to announce that I will be having my first solo show at the Society of the Danube Swabians Cultural Center on May 22nd called “in detail” I’m excited to have my first show for my line, Rare, and can’t wait to see what tomorrow will bring. I’m just glad that my senior collection was able to help launch me to this point!

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