The “What Dwells Within” collection embodies fantasy creatures that dwell within the deep mystical forests. I was captivated by fantasy and nature, so I combined the two mystical realms into one. It features structured and tailored silhouettes paired with soft drapes to represent the variety of elements within the forests and the creatures. Dark tones of red, blue, purple, green, and black represent their mysteriousness and their habitat. The use of scales are influenced by reptile and dragon skin, and the mixture of textures are influenced by wild beasts and the forests. Design elements of trees, twigs, moss, and vines are incorporated by designs of the fabric and the manipulation of fabric. With this collection, the world of fantasy and all of its enchantment and dark beauty comes to life in an elegant and intriging way.
I started as an intern at Coolibar. Throughout my internship, I assisted with trend researching for men, women, and children, doing UPF testing on fabric and hat swatches to make sure samples were 50+, creating kids artwork, measuring and recording samples, sketching flats for kids, women, and men, and sketching accessories and hats in Adobe Illustrator.
After my internship, I was hired on temporarily to assist the Design Director and help prepare for the busy summer season.
Introducing Solace 2015 Collection
The objective was to design a new line introducing a few new looks and redesigning some of Heim-Made's old looks into a functional and fashion forward line. The line caters to middle age women who live through Minnesota's cold winters and weather. The purpose of this line is to keep her warm while still being fashion forward. It focuses not only on function and style but also quality. Unique characteristics of this line include a faded quilted design and replacing Heim-Made's use of down feathers with a down alternative to cut costs but still give the garments the same functionality. Colors were chosen from trending Pantone colors of 2014 and inspiration for this line focuses on the night time scenery of Minneapolis.
Cool vs. Cruel
To design and create an animal-free garment inspired from a runway look chosen by The Humane Society of the Unites States. Won first place locally and went on to nationals.
Madame Alix Gres
This look was for my Womenswear Design Studio project. I researched Grecian gowns and Madame Gres' work. The objective was to recreate one of Madame Alix Gres' accomplished garments without actually machine sewing the prototype together. Madame Gres uses silk jersey knit fabric for her draping so I chose a very thin delicate knit to imitate her look. The prototype was carefully pinned together and center front, center back lines, bust lines, and hip lines were hand stitched in red.
Northstar Trade Show: Futuristic Modern Enchantress
I collaborated with a few colleagues for the "Design a Mannequin" contest at the Northstar Trade Show in 2013. The objective was to design a mannequin using recycled, non-conventional materials. We used clear bathroom plastic curtains, hand painted paper doilies, electrical metal wire, and sand rocks for the futuristic metal piece. We were notified about the contest a week and a half before finals so we had to plan accordingly since this was an outside of school project. We completed the project in one week and took first place.
My concept focused on the artwork of an American painter, Frank Stella and his black paintings. His use of geometry and black and white lines intrigued me in such a way that they created visual illusions, depth, and a 3Dimensional feel of the 2D flat canvas artwork.
I used his black paintings as inspiration for my menswear look. It incorporates a conceptual look with geometric lines and seams within the garment, as well as black, grey, and white color theme.
Gerber Accumark: Raw Edge
I created a two-piece look and named it "Raw Edge." It characterizes the raw denim edges of the garment and follows the popular trends of streetwear. I created the patterns in the computer-aided software program and printed the patterns using the Gerber plotter printer. The patterns were used to create and sew a prototype garment.
Style Tribe "Gothic Lolita"
Gothic Lolita began in Harajuku, Tokyo in the late 80's and early 90's, where Gothic Lolita's presented themselves as young Victorian, Edwardian, or Rococo children. Gothic Lolita is a subclass of the Lolita culture and is a cross between gothic and Lolita styles. Gothic Lolita was popularized by the Gothic & Lolita Bible Magazine and was also majorly influenced by Mana from the bands Mizer and Moi dix Mois.
A Gothic Lolita outfit is usually black or has rich colors such as burgundy, purple, and navy. A Gothic Lolita can be recognized by the bell-shaped skirt, puff sleeves, and black Mary Jane shoes. Underneath a Gothic Lolita would wear a blouse, a petticoat, and bloomers over their panties with socks or tights that are a little below the knee or over the knee for modesty. They can pair the outfit with a dark colored, well-tailored jacket.
Make-up is usually natural but can be a dramatic smokey eye with red lips. Gothic Lolita's practice good posture and have socially acceptable manners. They may practice needlework, sewing, embroidering, cooking, painting, collecting antiques, and tea parties or picnics.
Lark: Tim+Thom Event
Something done for fun, especially something mischievous or daring; an amusing adventure or escapade.
This event was presented by Tim+Thom in partnership with Fashion Week Minnesota and was co-presented by the historic Minneapolis Club. It showcased our local talents and dynamic fashion community.
It was a pleasure to be a part of the Lark Fashion Show and to be chosen as the emerging designer to showcase a six look collection along with designers Samantha Rei, and local tailors, designers, and event producers, Tim and Thom.
Shiader Vuepresents her Fall/Winter 2016 collection called “Travertine.” Travertine is a form of limestone deposited by hot springs often with a fibrous concentric appearance. It produces colors of white, grey, tan, rusty and gold variations and is joined with small pools that mimic blue lagoons. Her inspiration began when she took a recent trip to Yellowstone National Park. She has always been inspired by the beauty of nature and was especially drawn to the Mammoth hot springs; One of Yellowstone’s popular sights. The sultry waters of the hot springs trickle down the rocks leaving a glistening ripple effect. She hopes to translate the beauty of the hot springs into one cohesive line introducing soft drapes, metallic fabrics, and texture.