My designs are inspired by Patricia Taborn's Modeling Agency, a nonprofit that dedicated to providing an alternative extracurricular activity for children where they are encouraged to express themselves, explore different venues and channel their energy toward positive causes. I chose this nonprofit because I am a firm believer in advocating for high self-esteem in youth. I believe if the encouragement and support being when they are young then they will be better equipped for what the world throws at them.
In my ready-to-wear look, I captured the spirit of the nonprofit by creating a lightweight jumpsuit that portrays a free-spirited individual that has a passion for fashion. In my couture look, you can see the nonprofit’s mission come through in the highly detailed gown that represents and portrays total confidence and elegance.
These two outfits were inspired by NC Harm Reduction Coalition. They are a nonprofit organization that provides goods and services to anyone, no matter the circumstances. They mainly help drug abusers and sex sellers. I decided to design outfits that resembled confidence, fierceness, and true beauty. I wanted to portray the idea of someone undergoing the process at NC Harm Reduction Coalition. I wanted them to be portrayed as determined and confident individuals rather than broken people.
Spread Your Wings
These two pieces were inspired by the Cornucopia Cancer Support Center. This company offers services to people and their families who are suffering from cancer. I worked with Casey Stein to develop a Ready-to-Wear and an Art-to-Wear look. We wanted to create looks that would give a woman who has or is going through so much strife in her life confidence to do anything. The first look is a bat wing dress that is fun and flirty. The second look is a long flowing Grecian style dress. I did the pleating on the front of the bat wing dress. I also did all of the draping on the Grecian style dress.
Out of the Woods
This collection was inspired by "The Little Red Riding Hood". This collection was designed by Grace Rakauskus, Catherine Blazer, and I. We wanted to bring "little red" out of the woods and into 2014. She has conquered the wolf and is now an independent and confident woman. This collection was designed to portray the idea of conquering your fears. Little red was terrified of the wolf, but she overtakes the wolf and proudly wears him along her shoulders in piece 3. We wanted to send a message to young women out there to conquer your fears, and do not let them conquer you. **I created the 3rd look, the long sleeve short dress, entirely by myself.** **Photos were taken by Catherine Joyce, and edited by Sharae Hines and Grace Rakauskus**
Five Layers of a Pearl
Women have always obtained vital roles in the circulation of life. Whether dated back to when Adam was blessed with his oher half ,Eve, or the every day routines that women follow just to keep the day going, women have always been needed. This collection was designed in order to celebrate all women! The respect and love for women has depreciated over the years. This collection will show that any and every woman should be celebrated and cherished because they are our everyday pearls. Because of its beauty, pearls have become a metaphor for something rare, fine, admirable and valuable just as a woman is. So let’s remember that! Let’s celebrate women and everything that they offer and provide!
Sweet Carrion Flower
This project was inspired by a carrion flower. Carrion flowers, also known as corpse flowers or stinking flowers, emit an odor that smells like rotting flesh. Through this project I wanted to portray, quite literally, the idea of finding beauty in everything. I was inspired by the colors and form of the carrion flower.
All in all, this full skirt and corset was designed and created in order to portray finding beauty in everything.
The California Stripe
This project was inspired by the typical California style. These leggings were designed for a female street artist who enjoys expressing what she feels through her writing. The leggings are bold statement pieces just as what she decides to write!
This skirt was originally inspired by the Renaissance Era. During this era the intricate designs on skirts told a story. When envisioning this piece I wanted there to be a focus on the design, which is why I centered it within the leather coils. I also wanted to bring what was so beautiful and intricate in the past to the present. This fun circle skirt, paired with a trendy leather blazer, gives the model a fun and flirty look without straying to far from the idea of the darkness and eariness of the Renaissance Era. I added sheer black tights and black wedges to enhance the look.
*This modern renaissance piece was colored solely with pigments*