Mariela Elena Alatorre
For my design concept, I designed a bridal inspired by curtains, lace tablecloths, and the show Say Yes to the Dress. The way the curtains drape reminds me of long dresses, therefore, I wanted to create something that I love to look at; wedding gowns. This dress consists of white lace and sparkly mesh fabric with a nude lining underneath. My dress contains unique shaped straps, and a unique cut of the fabric that makes the dress stand out. One strap is a solid white while the other is a lace fabric, and one side of the dress is made up of lace while the other is a sparkly mesh. Traditional wedding gowns are white; however, my dress is ivory and I incorporated nude as well.
Visiting Cancun during Spring Break, I asked myself the question: "What was something that everyone used and that can be recycled?" And I came up with wristbands/bracelets. They are used everywhere, as soon as you check in your hotel, you receive a wristband stating your status as: Regular, VIP, or Luxury. Even in the aquatic parks they use wristbands for entry and there are countless parks like Xcaret, Xel-Ha, or Xplor. Or small attractions like clubbing use wristbands as well. What happens towards the end when the vacation is over? You end up throwing them away and have around 5-6 wristbands. These wristbands are waterproof, tearproof, extremely durable, come in all colors and are recyclable. They are made of the material Tyvek which is polyethylene, and polyester. It can be made into underground cable protection, piping, automotive parts, packaging items. That is only if they are recycled if not they end up in the trash.
If hotels were to require their guests to throw their wristbands in a specified bucket there would be millions towards the end of the day. My design would include a bathing suit and a summer dress. For the bathing suit because the wristbands are waterproof you can use them to create a design. My idea was to use regular nylon material underneath for comfort but use the wristbands to create unique patterns and prints. Same thing with the dress cotton would use underneath and the wristbands would be sewn together to create a unique print and create 3-D flowers with the wristbands to be more extra. The overall idea is to use a material and create a fun look with it to continue the summer theme.
This collection is all about breezy summer time. Its style is related to picnic times. The outfits are made for having a picnic or a nice park walk. The collection is made for the person who wants to wear light clothing to be able to relax while still looking stylish. The collection would be reusing older table clothes with lace and of blue and gold and white coloring.
Maria Austin- Castillo
My concept was inspired from the reused of 70's clothing that got turned into rave outfits for women. Any pattern with flowers, velvet, or sequins can be used for my design. The idea of bringing the disco wear back.
I was inspired by my cat that always lies on the floor and is always too lazy to move, so I plan on using one hoodie and some t-shirts that do not fit anymore to make a cat bed for my cat to sleep and stay in. I called the collection name catzy because it’s a cat bed made with cozy clothes.
For my design project, the inspiration of my collection comes from watching Chinese TV shows. From one show, there were performers wearing Hanfu and I just fell in love with clothes. The drape from the Hanfu looked as if there was wind when dancing. From that, the re-use element I picked was using old curtains. I picked curtains because of its drape and how using old curtains would be nice to turn into dresses as curtains have many intricate designs on them. I decided to call it Wind Breeze because I wanted to emphasize on the dress being long and flowy.
My inspiration comes from nature, especially the beautiful sea of flowers and the quiet night with the big moon makes the sea of flowers dreamy. Therefore, the clothes I design are mainly about flowers and the style is lovely as a fairy dress. The soft texture comes from the dim moonlight at night. White tablecloths can be used for dresses and sleeves, pink sheets can be used for straps, lace, and bows, and white-flowered pink curtains can be used for tops and lotus skirts.
My inspiration for this collection was the Pink elephants on Parade scene from Dumbo. I really fell in love with the artistic nature of the animation with its use of vivid colors and patterns. For my reuse element I chose to use is to recycle clothes using patchwork. Each garment would be unique in respect to the design of the fabrics used for the garment. No two fabrics patched together will have the same print as it will change to fit what fabrics are available for use. While the color story I have chosen is bright and cheery, it can change depending on the fabric choices. The garments themselves are minimal in design so it can be worn year round if desired as the fabric and color scheme can be changed depending on the season.
I designed a winter coat suitable for women and men with prosthetic arm(s). It started with reading the story of designer Shaun King, owner, and founder of his minimalist, lightweight boots and shoes company, Lems. King started his visionary company after his challenging experience with changing shoes with his prosthetic foot. When he was first learning to walk with his bionic foot he wore lightweight tennis shoes weighing 9 ounces each. Even learning to walk in lightweight shoes was difficult because a prosthetic foot lays flat and does not articulate in angles like a real foot. It took him weeks to get used to walking and walking normally. King always wore boots and wanted to start wearing them again once he began walking better.
When he tried them on for the first time there was more than just one problem- the shape of the boot was too narrow and the weight of the boot, once he finally found one wide enough, completely threw him off balance. He needed to learn how to walk all over again to get used to the weight and said it was difficult to maneuver in such heavy footwear. The same concept applies to heavy-weight coats worn in the winter for people with prosthetic arms. My design features a lightweight winter coat constructed of a material derived from mushrooms called muskin. Muskin is made only of bacterial mushrooms that deplete the environment around it. Removing poisonous mushrooms that kill trees and other foliage does not harm the environment, in fact, quite the opposite.
Muskin is fashionable and extremely lightweight. Not only is it lightweight, but it also delivers nearly the same thermal properties as leather and is water repellent. It can be worn in the rain or snow and keep you warm. The coat I’ve designed is a luxurious yet subtle winter coat made of one hundred percent muskin on the body and faux fur on the cuffs, center front seams, hem, and neckline with a hood so the coat is glamorous yet nonrestrictive on the arms. Muskin coats are sustainable and beneficial to people with prosthetics, though I believe these coats would be a true fashion statement worn by anyone- male, female, and all preferred pronouns.
“Patch” is about reusing scraps of fabrics and sewing them together in a patchwork like technique. Combining different textures, colors, patterns, designs adds to the uniqueness of a piece. These essentially new fabrics/textiles don’t just have to be used for clothing, it can be used for bags, accessories, anything that requires the use of textiles. For this specific collection, I chose to use greens and browns for warmer, autumnal tones. While I didn’t exhibit the different textures of fabrics on my sketches, my moodboard can give some idea of what fabrics I’d want to see. But ultimately, any and all kinds of fabrics can be stitched together for this concept.
For my adaptive clothing design, I wanted to focus on a utility vest. Something that the user of the garment doesn’t have difficulty getting in and out of while still having an alternate more unique article of clothing to stylize their outfits. A couple of adaptive ways that I have altered this design is switching out certain things such as buttons being magnets, and having velcro on the side seams of the garment for application of the garment to make it easier when dressing. My inspirations for this design I wanted to embody a Fisherman's vest also a utility vest with a streetwear twist to it.
It's been quite difficult to design while under the pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic. I'm sure all of us have felt this anxiety about the future and how ambiguous the path may seem. I, and many others, have suffered many losses during this time, but even through this, I have found solace in my studies as a future fashion designer. After watching a documentary on the effects of fishing within our oceans, I find passion in designing around fishing nets as most of the plastic pollution come from commercial fishing boats. Recycling these nets into textiles, yarn, and thread creates unique and one-of-a-kind couture pieces. I hope to inspire future design houses to consider alternate textiles made from recycled materials based on fishing nets.
In the Air values the feelings that are elicited out of nostalgia. These emotions can be melancholic or simply miss the general notion of what “used to be”. Unused furnishings and other household textiles serve as the basis of this concept, by undergoing a new transformation. Through the usage of old curtains and bedsheets, they will be refashioned into loose-fitting blouses, skirts, and dresses. These garments will have non-rigid silhouettes and the household textiles used will be tailored to create a billowing effect that mimics curtain movements. In the Air hopes to achieve the illusion of fabric that swells with movement and is reminiscent of its prior form.
Daniel Ortega’s line focuses on the element of expression in disabled fashion. As the disabled community are often held to higher standards, if not required to be “ perfect all the time”, their clothing options are extremely limited. With that, the choices available are simple and rarely expressive of one's style. Daniel’s line strives to end that!
I was personally inspired by the aesthetics and the style from the 70s with a modern twist that are flared jeans and structured pieces paired with more frilly and whimsical design. For this upcycling project, I chose to reuse old flannel pieces (e.g., men’s work shirts) to create a pair of flared two-toned pants, due to the possibility of not having enough material that truly matches, as well as playing into the current trend of split pants. As well as a cropped jacket matching the two-toned style of the pants.
My main goal was to have pieces that would be comfortable to wear and not form fitting .My theme was " Spring Comfort " I wanted to create garments that would go with the current season. Each piece has a bit of movement to them along with the accessible features that would make it easy for anyone to get in and out of.
The name of my project is called School Spirit. The concept is based on collegiate pieces that symbolize school. Each piece in the collection will be created in a patchwork style from used garments including old varsity jackets, and school sweaters. The first idea is an upcycled letterman jacket from used varsity jackets that focuses on patchwork and color blocking. The second concept includes a crewneck sweater based on the ones found at the bookstore. I wanted to use sweaters from previous colleges I have attended to create an “alumni” sweater. The idea is to showcase the journey one takes to graduate from college. The material would be sourced from thrift stores or donations of other students.
Jocelyn Sanchez Temoche
I have decided to focus on fashion clothing in Los Angeles (LA for short). I do love the LA-style clothing. According to my mood board, the pictures show that each fashion designer is using recycled items, such as lottery tickets and denim pieces, to create those remarkable designs. A model named Mary Schmidt models a blossom origami dress that is made out of 1,600 lottery tickets. This dress has won both “People’s Choice” and “Red Carpet Worthy Skirt” prizes. I find it very cool with a bunch of origami to create a unique style for the fashion show. Then, these two pictures show two stores that sell recycled clothing. Buffalo Exchange can help the environment while making extra money towards the new wardrobe. You can also sell clothes that you don’t need by making an appointment. As you can see on my sketch, the first model is wearing a cocktail dress with a magenta top and a skirt made out of Starburst: FaveReds candy wrappers (my own creation). It would possibly be like a confetti or pinata skirt.
For this line, I was inspired by the soft pastel lesbian vampire aesthetic of the 1970s. A lot of my references came from films like: The Velvet Vampire, The Love Witch, and The Vampire Lovers. The main characteristics you’d see in the line would be flowy, baby doll/nightgown inspired dresses covered with light layers of veils with various lace trims and silk bows. Some including blood stains or dirty distressing around the trim of the dresses to give it an ancient, worn feeling. For the color scheme, I wanted to consist of muted or pastel tones of light blues and whites. Colors that evoke a very ghastly presence. The recycled materials that I would use would be from old curtains and drapes found from trashy, rural motels as well as the bedsheets and duvets from old chairs and couches.
My design project focused on reusing recycled materials. The title of the design project is “Something Borrowed Something Blue”. This name is inspired by the old wedding rhyme “Something Borrowed Something Blue”. I chose this name because I want to take menswear items and transform them into womenswear pieces, hence “something borrowed”. The “something blue” ties in because all of the pieces would incorporate some shade of blue. I like the look of menswear styles but I wanted to add a different twist on it. For my project, I will be taking menswear items such as suits, button down shirts, jeans, coats etc. and turning them into womenswear pieces. These items could be donated by students or found at thrift stores. I would like to keep the structure and tailoring of the menswear pieces but make them more form fitting. My goal is to find a balance of masculinity and femininity.