A creative director, designer and Stephens alumna is on campus this week critiquing student designs that will be entered into Jury of Selection for possible inclusion in the Collections, the spring runway show.
Carol Gantos worked one-on-one with students yesterday, giving feedback on sketches, fabric choices and designs.
Junior Britta Belle took inspiration from the Nantucket whale industry with colors, hardware, accessories and shapes based on whaletails, oil barrels and other associated shapes and symbols. Her line was designed for young working professional women who need to go from a daytime to evening look without having to change. Each two- or three-piece outfit included accessories and handbags.
The collection was a success. Gantos praised Belle for her designs’ versatility, her attention to detail and her sketch work.
“These have a polished, consistent look,” Gantos said. “And you used water color, which is admirable. That’s not an easy thing to do.”
Junior Dani Wilson created a collection for a woman in her 20s inspired by Indian wedding attire, with elaborate designs and gold accessories.
Each student had about 30 minutes with Gantos. The critiques were open to other students, allowing Gantos to use the opportunity to talk to groups about how to improve designs and sketches. She is teaching a master class today to go into more detail about sketching fabrics and details such as buttons and earrings.
After attending Stephens, Gantos went on to graduate summa cum laude from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. She’s worked for Banana Republic, Halston Signature Collection and Randolph Duke Collection, all in New York, and more recently Neve Designs where her ensemble was featured in The Wall Street Journal.
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