CMU Threads Fashion Show 2016
Theme: Fashion Laboratory
Collection: "The Grand Sabbath"
Photographer: Jessica Bailey
This senior collection was inspired by Occult symbolism, Victorian Fashion Elements, and Fall/Winter Urban Sportswear. A focus on handcrafting appears in dyed silks, custom embellishments, painted printeds, and intricate detailing.
CMU Threads Fashion Show 2013
Theme: The Movies
Collection: "The Pleasures of Searing Water"
This Spring/Summer collection was based on the film, "Memoirs of a Geisha." The main focus is a relationship between tempermental dualities such as fire/water. This collection also was shown at Fashion on the Shore 2013 and received top honors. Heavy research on Geisha history and culture was conducted to ensure reverence of the inspiration. A modern interpretation was applied through fabrication and silhouette.
CMU Threads Fashion Show 2012
Theme: Time Periods
Collection: "A Modern Medieval Fairytale"
Photographer: Ken Kadwell
This collection done with partner and we created a Fall/Winter collection inspired by Medieval fashion. The balance of hard versus soft was the major focus. The collection was created through draping and flat patterning. I wanted to experiment with many different types of fabrics and details.
CMU Threads Fashion Show 2014
Collection: "The Fine Line"
Photographer: Claire Burgess
This collection was created in honor of my friend and Grandmother that passed that year. This sophisticated Spring/Summer collection was inspired by the
works of the late artist Zao Wou-Ki. Silk was hand painted to resemble Zao's abstract works and silhouettes from several decades were used to highlight his life through time.
Fashion on the Shore 2012
A student competition held in St. Joseph, MI.
Collection: "The Queen's Guard"
This capsule collection features two looks from the 2012 collection "A Modern Medieval Fairytale" as well as a third new look created just for the competition. The competition featured students from all over Michigan, Illinois, and Wisconsin. This was my first time competing.
CMU Threads Fashion Show 2011
Theme: The Seasons
Collection: "Lost in the Snowfire"
Photographer: Ken Kadwell
This Spring/Summer collection was inspired by the melting period of Spring. At this time fog prevails where I grew up, nature is stirring, and wild grape hyacinth appears. At this time I was finally able to pattern my own designs and I experimented with draping. Silk was hand dyed in an ombre technique to depict fog's effect on shape and form.
CMU Threads Fashion Show 2010
Collection: "A Seed to a Flower"
Photographers: Ken Kadwell, Andy Hawkes
This Fall/Winter collection was created to represent my growth as a design student by using a botanical analogy. Each garment was meant to show a progession of my skills and my future potential. This was my first student collection and first major sewing work done outside of class. Since I lacked pattern making skills at this time, I modified commercial patterns to create my designs.