Ross School - Senior Project 2006-07

Student: Temidra Willock

Mentor: Ms. Cross
Consultant: Sheila Parham
Domain: Visual Arts


Title:  Fashion for Education: New explorations line.

I organized a fashion show to raise money for an organization called IDA (international dyslexia association.) The show consisted of over 40 outfits that I created and designed. My goal was to explore different types of fabrics to create a line of clothing that explores my creativity and fashion interest, as well as learning new techniques on how to create different fibers, and different methods of silk painting. My project helped me learn the whole process in creating a fashion show from the sketching to the set up of the runway. It also helped me to understand different fashion concepts, and the process of constructing garments. 





For my project I wanted to create a line of clothing that would help me explore my creativity in fashion design. While doing so, I wanted to produce a fashion show to raise money for an organization. I decided to choose fashion design for my project because it has always been my passion. Designing clothes has always been a part of my life, both my mother and my grandmother are sewers, and they are both knitters as well.

My main goal for my project was to produce a few pieces for my fashion show that explores my creativity as a designer. I also wanted to make my fashion show a fundraiser to raise money for international dyslexia association, which is an organization that helps children and adults that have reading disabilities. I also wanted to develop my sewing skills.

The process of my project took a long time; there were different steps for each step of my project. My over all process consisted of finding fabrics, sketching designs, planning the fundraiser, and organizing the show. 

To get my project going, I started off designing. The first part of starting my designing process was finding my fabrics. Creating the clothes was the second step. After I had my design, I had to figure out how to create the actual piece. I worked on a few pieces everyday instead of just one. On average I worked about 3-6 hours each day from June until the last week of December.

After having all the clothes made I had to fit the models. I also had to figure out how I wanted my show to run, this included the music, and the order the designs came out on the runway. I also had to figure out how I wanted to the set-up of the show to be.

There were so many challenges in my project. I had a hard time figuring out an organization that I wanted to donate the money to. After I had the organization I had to worry about the name of my project. I decided to call it fashion for education because it fit my project perfectly.  Each piece that I had sewn also had itÕs own difficulties. Some fabrics had to be sewn with different needles, and styles didnÕt fit with the fabric. IÕve learned so many things while doing my project, I also completed all of my goals, I also established my own style. For the future I plan to study Fashion design in college.

Bibliography or Works Cited

Boltoon, Andrew. Wild Fashion Untamed.  New York: The metropolitan museum of art, 2004.

Gan, Stephen. Fashion 2001. New York: Charles miers, 1999.

Ireland, Patrick. Figure Templates For Fashion Illustration. London: Bt Bastford, 2000.

Phaidon. The Fashion Book. New York: Phaidon Press Inc, 1998.

Sakmar, Eva. Fashion Illustration Techniques.

Seaman, Julian. Fashion illustration basic techniques. London: Bt Bastford, 1996.

Teen Vogue. December/January 2007.

Thames & Hudson. 20th Century Fashion. London, Tames & Hudson Inc, 1999.

Watson, Linda. 20th Century Fashion. Firefly Books ltd, 1999.

Community Member (Details)

Shelia Parham was my community member; she is the personal assistant of fashion designer Donna Karen.