CONCEPT

 

 

A COLLECTION THAT DRAWS INSPIRATION FROM THE TIBETAN CULTURE CREATED TO TELL A STORY OF TIBETAN WOMEN AND THEIR COMING OF AGE.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A TIBETAN WOMAN?

THROUGH EXTENSIVE RESEARCH OF INDIGENOUS TEXTILES OF THE REGION, TRADITIONAL GARB AND CEREMONIAL MARRIAGE RITUALS, COMES THE DEVELOPMENT OF A LUSH EVENING COLLECTION. DISPLAYING SENSUAL FLORAL PRINTS WITH BOLD LINES, EMBROIDERED SILK FLOWERS AND ELEGANTLY FULL SILHOUETTES. CONTEMPORARY IN TASTE WITH A SMART MID-CENTURY INFLUENCE. A PASSIONATE COLOR PALETTE WITH ACCENTS OF CRIMSON RED AND ROYAL BLUES COMBINE TO COMPOSE A CAPTIVATING VISION OF WEARABLE ELEGANCE. 

 

 

FROM PAPER TO FORM...

 

 
 

AFTER THE CONCEPT STAGES IT WAS TIME FOR ME TO MOVE TO THE DRESS FORM AND START DEVELOPMENT OF MY DRAPES AND SHAPES FOR THE DIFFERENT SILHOUETTES OF MY SENIOR CAPSULE COLLECTION.  DURING MY WINTER SENIOR QUARTER AT SAVANNAH COLLEGE OF ART & DESIGN, EVERY STUDENT WAS GIVING THE TIMELINE TO COMPLETE A MUSLIN FOR EACH LOOK IN A WEEK IN A HALF. THAT INCLUDED; DRAPING, TRANSFER THE DRAPES TO PATTERN PAPER, CHECKING PATTERNS/WALKING PATTERNS, CUTTING PATTERNS OUT IN MUSLIN, AND THEN SEWING THE GARMENT UP.

I WENT THROUGH NUMEROUS CRITIQUES FOR EACH LOOK WITH MY PROFESSORS, THE DEAN OF FASHION, AND EVEN THE PRESIDENT OF SCAD, PAULA WALLACE. AFTER EACH CRITIQUE I WAS ABLE TO MAKE CHANGES, IMPROVING THE PATTERNS AND MUSLIN'S FOR EACH GARMENT BEFORE MOVING TO FINAL FABRIC.   

PHOTO CRED: TAYLOR MILLER

PHOTO CRED: TAYLOR MILLER

 

 

APPLYING THE ELEMENTS

 

 
 

DURING THE PROCESS OF MY SPRING 2016 COUTURE COLLECTION I COLLABORATED WITH A STUDENT IN THE FIBERS DEPARTMENT AT THE SAVANNAH COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN NAMED LOTTIE BERTELLO. WE DEVELOPED EVERY PRINT PAYING ATTENTION TO EVERY DETAIL. I PURCHASED REAL FLOWERS AND WE SCANNED THEM IN ARRANGING THEM THROUGHOUT LAYOUTS IN ADOBE® PHOTOSHOP, ENHANCING THE COLOR OF THE FLOWERS EVEN MORE AND LAYERING FLOWERS OVER FLOWERS CREATED HARMONY AND BALANCE ON ALL THE PRINTS.

SCAD FIBERS DEPARTMENT HAD THE RESOURCES OF DIGITAL FABRIC PRINTING MACHINES WHERE I WAS ABLE TO PRINT YARDAGE OF 100% SILK CHARMEUSE, ORGANZA, DUPIONI, AND CHINESE CRINKLE CHIFFON. AFTER PRINTING, THE FABRIC NEEDED TO BE HAND WASHED THEN HUNG UP TO DRY. 

WANTING TO TAKE MY COLLECTION TO NEXT LEVEL I BROUGHT IN THE IDEA OF BEADING & EMBROIDERY. I REACHED OUT TO A STUDENT NAMED DARBY SMITH AND WE STARTED TO COLLABORATE. AFTER PRINTING ON THE SILK ORGANZA WE DID SOME HAND BEADING ON TOP OF THE FABRIC, ONLY COVERING SOME OF THE FLOWER MOTIFS.  

DURING THAT TIME WE CREATED A DOCUMENT IN ADOBE® INDESIGN AND USED IT TO LASER CUT FABRIC THE SHAPE OF FLOWER PEDALS IN DIFFERENT SIZES. THEN BURNED THE EDGES OF EACH PEDAL GIVING IT A MORE REALISTIC LOOK. CREATING EVERY THREE DIMENSIONAL FLOWER IN THE COLLECTION, WE ADDED DETAILED BEADING IN THE MIDDLE OF EACH MOTIF.  

 

 

COMPLETING THE COLLECTION

 

photo courtesy scad 

photo courtesy scad