Sophomore Fashion Design students are preparing for their big project. These aspiring designers have the task of creating a formal dress with historical influence.
The completed garment will be judged in the jury selection in January to be apart of the annual spring fashion show.
Currently the designers are at the research stage. For inspiration, their professors require that they attend The Civic Virtue exhibit and read archives of magazines like Vogue.
The features of the dress are quite specific. It must have to have two sleeves, a tuck which is a fold that is sewn into place, pleats and be made of different fabrics.
I recently spoke with three designers to see how their process was going.
Ieasha Randolf is “very excited” about her garment. She said “This will be a way for me to redeem myself because my last piece was not the best.”
I asked what does she intend to get out of this experience, she said “to have gained experience in dress-making and have a great garment to add to my portfolio.”
Asha Nelson is also working hard to pull ideas for her dress. Although the requirements state that it must have historical influences, she is finding inspiration from Alexander McQueen because she likes “the style” of his designs.
I asked what do you want people to get when they look at the dress, she answered “I want people to know that I will survive in this industry, and though my mind is different from traditional designers I can still create their looks.”
Katie Dixson was adamant saying “I want my dress to be made for a crafty mom that still wants to look pretty while doing everyday activities.” So far her dress is inspired from looks she has seen in Vogue from the 1940s and 1950s. Although she soon plans to change her major, she is still determined to complete this project because she will have an official garment she can call her own.
With the of deadline of November 16th right around the corner, the pressure is on. Students look forward to seeing which garments will be featured.