Title: The Modernization of Fashion and Design
Outside Consultant: Edward Wilkerson
For my senior project I designed and created a small line of clothing. I called my project the modernization of fashion and design because I also altered clothing from vintage and thrift stores. My clothing line is a fall collection of mostly evening wear. I wanted my clothing to be elegant but edgy at the same time, I focused mainly on quality rather than quantity. I wanted to portray my clothes through a photo shoot at a modern house. I made the clothes in my size so I could model them while Carlotta Kohl photographed the clothing. For the final part of my project, I wanted the photographs to be large so viewers can see the detail in the clothing as well as make a large impact onto the viewer.
For my senior project I chose to design and
make clothing. I picked this topic because I always had a distinct interest for
fashion, and to make my own clothing was very exciting to me. Most people send
their designs to manufacturers but I chose to sew the clothes on my own so I
can understand the structure of each piece more. The clothing I wanted to make
were garments that I would wear, it was exciting to have a chance to do this
because its more fun to make something that you would want to wear rather than
find it and buy it. In the near future I am planning on working in the business
side of the fashion industry. This includes marketing, management and public
relations. I believe that understanding and knowing about the work put into
making a garment will be very helpful when I am in school and working. Not
everyone who works in fashion knows how to make a piece of clothing so I have a
feeling that this will get me a step ahead of other people working in the
industry. My project ended up being a fall clothing line, consisting of dresses
and blazers. I wanted to keep my garments “elegant and edgy” which ended up
being a part of each piece. I wanted all the dresses to be eveningwear, however
they could be worn casual as well. I used silk for almost all of my pieces,
this was because I had always been in love with this fabric because of the way
it flows on the body as well as the way it looks. Along with the dresses and
blazers, I worked with a pattern I had made during the summer using ink, a
roller and a plastic board. I used this pattern on a few tank tops and tee
shirts and ended up displaying two of them. I also painted the pattern onto a
three-yard piece of white silk in which I displayed as well. The final portion
of my project was the photo shoot, which took me a while to get organized and
get done. I decided to do a photo shoot instead of a fashion show because I
didn’t have enough clothing and I only made the clothing in my size. I focused
on the quality rather than the quantity. I had a few problems with not knowing
who was going to be the photographer as well as not knowing where I was going
to photograph everything. I ended up getting a student from the school,
Carlotta Kohl to photograph the garments. During winter break, the both of us
were traveling the
"Interview with Edward Wilkerson." Personal interview. 1 Nov. 2009.
"Interview with Melissa Hoge." Personal interview. 16 Oct. 2009.
"Interview with Leanne Nealz." Telephone interview. 3 Dec. 2009.
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Edward Wilkerson has been a close family friend for a while. He and my mom worked with Calvin Klein together for a good amount of years. Edward is very famous for his fashion sketches, which is why he was hired by Calvin Klein. He was also hired by famous fashion designer Donna Karen. Since a portion of my project had to do with making fashion sketches I was very lucky to work with Eddie. Along with being successful in fashion sketches Edward also designs his own clothing so I was also able to get advice on that. I was extremely lucky to work with Edward and I thank him so much for the amount he helped me in my senior project!