On September 29th, we filled you in on our totally awesome office challenge here at ModCloth, the “Make it Work!” after work contest. It’s about time we checked in with our designers to get a glimpse of where their minds will be leading their sewing hands! Before unveiling their final garments in mid-November, a concept check-in had been scheduled, and it appears that we have some creative minds at work!
Hannah: (above) I knew it when I saw it. There it was, one of those terrible, cringe-worthy, 80’s wind breakers, colors as bright as a Dorothy’s excursion in Oz. I’d gone to Goodwill, the preconceived notions in my head totaling zero. This jacket, however, changed all that. As someone inspired by designers Elsa Schiaparelli and Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, I have an effusive love for anything unexpected, surreal, or surprising – a penchant for taking ordinary items and turning them into something else. Drawing upon these influences, I bought the jacket and set out to jazz it up.
Natalie: (above) All I can say is that I hope my jacket (and other items if I feel ambitious) will look as if a hippie and a service person from the 1940’s got married and had a baby. It should be all things mixed of hard, structured, and classic, as well as free, floral, and energetic. It’s about the juxtaposition of the opposites in life that make things interesting…but, we’ll see, right?
Curious to see what the rest of the designers are inspired by?
Lacey: (above) There is definitely something very “Flashdance” about my vintage piece; can’t you picture Alex welding like a superstar in all of its high-waisted glory? I can’t help but think about the history of women at work… collars and blazers and ladies’ suits, and protective gear like welding jackets, shop aprons, and denim.
Paulette: (above) My concept board was inspired by the designer of my garment, Lilly Pulitzer, who invented the shift dress in the 1960s using bold, bright patterns that could easily mask the stains she encountered at her juice stand. Her school friend Jacqueline Kennedy wore one on Life magazine, and thus her brand was born, becoming famous for brazen prints such as the streaker pattern shown on the board, which capitalized on the nudism craze. The Paul Gaughin inspired fabric of the garment is wild and feminine, and I am reinventing the unique shape into a vintage inspired shift dress with DIY Jackie-O touches. Retaining the original spirit of the garment and the Lilly brand, it will be reborn into a more demure, still eyecatching dress.
Ashley: (above) This dress has a very Woodstock-hippie-meets-Prairie-girl type feel to it – but with bold colors. I love ruffles and exaggerated femininity and I hope to introduce these elements to the dress.
Julie: (above) Usually when starting a project, I begin with a concept in mind and soon thereafter, the rest of the pieces fall into place. The second I walked into the thrift store I realized that I had no direction or clue of what I wanted to do! At a stalemate, I pondered and quickly decided to hunt for a piece with a bold, fun Eley Kishimoto-esque print. Lucklily, I happened to stumble upon two great pieces, whose combined total were under ten dollars! I fell in love with the nautical print of a 100% silk polka-dot embossed ivory jumper from Bloomingdales (has to be 80’s), and had to get another great dress I found that had a matching color scheme,a nautical flair, and very usable, inspiring frogging on the bust. My inspiration is taken from fascinating vintage bathing suit photography, and the audacity of Eley Kishimoto prints. We’ll see how the two mesh together into a new garment!
Are you rooting for a certain designer, or can’t pick a favorite? We’re past the halfway mark and now it’s time for the designers to put their best presser foot forward!