When I was on my year abroad I had the opportunity to visit Barcelona, Spain. I fell in love with the architecture and found out that most of it were that of Gaudi’s. My senior collection is inspired by his architecture and interiors of Barcelona. His work includes lots of blues and greens and Is very abstract with lots of curved lines and mismatched silhouettes. I especially wanted to include pieces inspired by both his mosaic tiles and his stained-glass windows. Outfit 1 in my collection is inspired by the diagonal tile interior of Casa Batillo. I patched different fabrics together to recreate the design. Outfit number 3 is inspired by the small stained glass on the outside of many of Gaudi’s buildings. I represented this through cutouts in the pants lined with a sheer mesh.
What are you personally inspired by?
I am personally really inspired by silhouettes in interior design and architecture. I think different types of artists can really help each other come up with different designs. I am also really inspired by the ’70s and ’80s. I love color and those decades were just full of color in fashion.
Senior collection fabric swatches
What are you most proud of accomplishing in your time as a design major?
I am most proud that I was able to complete a whole collection within the time span of a semester. It was so fascinating seeing my drawings come to life.
What makes your designs different from other designers?
My designs are very cohesive and you are able to directly visualize my inspiration through my pieces. I think sometimes this is a hard technique to nail, without having an outside perspective.
Work in Progress
For my experimental collection, I wanted to try a technique that I would call patchwork painting. It is a new sustainable way of using fabric scraps to create pictures on fabric. My inspiration for the landscape paintings idea came from Albert Bierstadt. He is a famous painter that specifically painted landscapes of the American Midwest. He exemplifies the true beauty of the landscapes, giving them majestic finishes. For my experimental collection look, I pieced together scrap fabrics to create mountains, trees, and lakes. Each little scrap was individually sewn on. I also wanted to stay true to the natural sense of the collection so I knitted a wool shrug to go over the top of an earthy brown tank top.
What made you want to be a fashion designer?
I knew I wanted to be a fashion designer when I constantly found myself wanting to create clothes that were not on the market. I would imagine designs in my head and wanted to learn how to bring them to life.