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Fashion Design

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Outside/Inside - Inside/Outside 

 

Purpose:

Our health and well being is impacted by how internal and external sources transform our bodies. Rarely do we consider clothing as an external force that may impact our individual bodies, let alone the bodies of others. The fashion industry is glamourized as a luxurious indulgence that offers an outlet for personal discovery and transformational experience. Concurrently, the fashion industry causes overwhelming pain and suffering to people around the world, conveniently out of sight from the fun and frivolity showcased in global fashion media. This piece illustrates the two sides of the fashion industry within the exterior shell and lining of a dress pattern: the “outside” highly visible side of luxury and glamour, and the “inside” hidden side of waste, ethical compromise and human suffering. The way we choose to fashion our bodies has the power to transform lives of people around the world. We cannot indulge in one side of the industry without supporting the less desirable side; our choices do not affect our bodies alone. Like all aspects of health, we must proactively take measures to care for ourselves in order to discover ways to create positive change.

 

Process:

Images were collected that represented the two sides of the fashion industry as illustrated above. The images were arranged into pattern templates I created, and printed out with an inkjet printer before being sewn together into a garment.

 

Techniques:

Fabric was printed with an inkjet printer and sewn together into a dress.

 

Materials:

Cotton

 

Date CompletedJuly, 2015

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Unveiled: Sustainable Bridal - BDes Senior Project

 

Purpose:

In my undergraduate senior project, I designed a capsule collection of five bridal ensembles. My goal was to develop a series of bridal gowns that reduced waste by using sustainable materials and extended use by using modular techniques. A sixth ensemble was added in spring, 2011.

Process:

Each ensemble is includes a dress and overskirt; a few include additional components like bodice overlays or bolero jackets. The gowns components can be worn individually or can ben combined for different looks after the wedding day. 

 

Keywords: bridal, eco-friendly, modular, sustainability

 

Techniques:

These gowns were created using machine and hand sewing

 

Materials:

Hemp silk, tussah silk, eri silk

 

Date completed: April, 2011

Shay Lowe: White Cashmere Collection 2010
 

Purpose:

From the White Cashmere Collection website (http://www.cashmere.ca/english/wcc/):

 

"The White Cashmere Collection is the world's first and only BT (bathroom tissue) couture collection. Starring top fashion luminaries from across the country, it is a celebration of the softest feeling next to your skin ... The collection further evolved in 2008 to highlight Fashion with Compassion™ and the launch of new, limited-edition Pink Cashmere®, Canada's first coloured bathroom tissue in a decade. A fund-and-awareness-raiser for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, twenty-five cents from the sale of each package goes directly to the Foundation."

 

Process:

Based on the designer's original sketch, this collar and bib style necklace was developed as two adjoining pieces so that may easily be adorned and removed. The collar attaches to the bib necklace with snaps at each shoulder. The collar is supported upright by a foundational sturdy, shaped piece of fabric, upon which three further layers were anchored at a 45 degree 

 

Techniques:

Double-sided fusing was sandwiched between layers of tissue to increase durability for the bib-style necklace, which was then lined with pink satin for added smoothness against the wearer's skin, as well as extra support for the crystals. Holes along the edge were reinforced with grommets. The bib necklace was edgestiched at 1/8" to provide further durability. The petals were all created with double-sided fusing sandwiched between a single layer of bathroom tissue, and then edgestitched at 1/8".

 

Materials:

Bathroom tissue, crystals, double-sided fusing, satin lining, grommets, snaps.

 

Date Completed: May, 2010

Custom Bridesmaid Design

 

Purpose:

The gowns were designed to the specifications of the client, and customized for each bridesmaid in fit and in style.

 

Process:

Gowns were first sketched and each bridesmaid was consulted for style approval. Prototypes were then created using muslin, and fitted to each body. Final garments were made from eggplant coloured peau de soie fabric. The accompanying bolero vests feature a removable eggplant coloured floral accessory that can be worn as a brooch using the pin options or clipped in the hair using the alligator clip option.

 

Techniques:

The gowns were created through a combination of flat pattern drafting and fitting on the body. The vest details were created through flat pattern drafting.

 

Materials:

Black taffeta, eggplant peau de soie, fuschia satin lining, alligator hair clip, brooch pin.

 

Date Completed: September, 2010

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Fell & Twitch: Collaborative Menswear Design

 

Purpose:

As part of my 3rd year undergraduate design course, I was tasked with creating a look that was part of a mini-collection created by myself and four other students in my class.

 

Process:

Our group developed the theme, style, patterns, production, branding and marketing for this project.

 

Techniques:

Flat pattern drafting was used to develop the garments. Muslins were created, followed by final garments in a cohesive selection of fabrics.

 

Materials:

Cotton twill, cotton percale, cotton pinstripe

 

Date Completed: April, 2010

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Eveningwear Design
 

Purpose:

This gown was created as a project in my 2nd year undergraduate draping course.

 

Process:

The gown was draped on a dress form in muslin, after which the pattern was transfered to paper, and finally cut and sewn out of the final fabric

 

Materials:

Deep teal taffeta, assorted brass buttons, metallic trim

 

Date Completed: April, 2009