Thomas Soriano

Collection: Blu State of Mind

The concept for my senior collection was inspired by my childhood. This collection is kind of an homage to my home city, NYC. I was inspired by many things in the city from colors, lines, graffiti, energy, mood, etc. Another big part of my childhood was sports, my favorite was baseball. Born a Yankees fan, I saw a game in the original Yankee stadium where Babe Ruth played before they tore it down. That was one of my fondest memories, so I definitely wanted to incorporate sports into my collection. Overall I wanted this collection to have a very classic NYC look and feel.

What are you most proud of accomplishing in your time as a design major?

In my time at San Francisco State University as a designer I would say that I am most proud of my senior collection. There was a lot work and time that was put into it, so it is definitely my biggest accomplishment by far.

What is your biggest takeaway from your time as an ADM major?

My biggest takeaway as my time as a designer is that fundamentals are extremely important.

What was the inspiration for your collection?

The inspiration for my senior collection was inspired by my childhood. I was born and raised in Brooklyn NY, so this collection is kind of an homage to my city. I was inspired by many things in the city from colors, lines, graffiti, energy, mood, etc. Another big part of my childhood was sports, my favorite was baseball. Born a Yankees fan, I saw a game in the original Yankee stadium where Babe Ruth played before they tore it down. That was one of my fondest memories, so I definitely wanted to incorporate sports into my collection.

Work in Progress

Did you have a turning point/moment when you knew you wanted to work in the fashion

industry? 

 

I was in a Biology class sophomore year and I noticed the passion other students had for the subject. I made the switch from kinesiology to apparel design. Once I got into the program, it just felt right.

What was a defining fashion moment for you?

I got a small time influencer to wear and promote my name, and the feedback I received was incredible.

Who is your favorite designer? Who do you look up to in the fashion industry?

As of right now my favorite designer has to bePeter Do. That guy’s vision and silhouettes are insane. Other designers I look up to are Kiko Kostanidov, Tremaine Emory, and Pariah Farenzah.

Final Garments

What are you personally inspired by?

 

My inspirations come from a lot of different places but I love to find inspiration in movies, animals, and unique shapes/ lines that I see in my day to day life.

Experimental Collection: Full Motion

For my experimental collection I wanted to explore organic and unique silhouettes/ shapes paired with vibrant colors. I wanted there to be a lot of movement within the clothes themselves. It was all about experimenting with different techniques and ideas to create new shapes/ textures/ movement.

What made you want to be a fashion designer?

I was on my way to become a physical therapist until I realized It wasn’t for me. I decided to take a risk and do something that I would enjoy doing for the rest of my life.

When did you become a designer?

I started designing clothes only two years ago. I’m still very new to the game.

Final Garment

What is the inspiration behind your color palette?

All of the colors in my palette came straight from NYC. I wanted it to be very colorful, at first I had very bright vibrant colors, but it didn’t feel like they match the emotions NYC portrays. I decided to use more muted and darker tones to enrapture the mood I believe NYC portrays.