Spring 2013 Collection: Lilac and Leather

Little Leather Details Collection

Background: The University of Chicago Festival of the Arts is a week-long celebration of the arts on the campus. The student-run organization, FOTA, provides funding to students to work on creative and artistic projects and performances that are then showcased for the duration of the week. The Festival of the Arts opens with a launch party and fashion show which features the work of student designers.

I participated as a student designer for the annual FOTA fashion shows during my tenure as an undergrad. After graduating, I continued to partake in these shows by collaborating with my friend, Joy, who is still a student at the university.

We created a collection titled “Lilac and Leather”, which focuses on the interplay of soft and structural elements through the use of (p)leather, wool, and georgette.

Little Leather DetailsFrom left to right: modeled by Lauren C., Heather Y., Katie B., Kat L., and Jenna B.

Little Leather Details

Little Leather Details

Leather Bralette and Maxi Skirt

Little Leather DetailsThese are my two favorite looks!

Joy doing Heather's make-upJoy doing Heather Y.’s make-up.

Wool Skirt with Zipper Detail

Tulips from HeatherFlowers from our model, Heather Y.

Tulips as light sabersDon’t worry, Heather. We made good use of those tulips.

You can also find more details and pictures of the collection on Joy’s website here.

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I once asked my sewing instructor, “Why do you want to teach people how to sew?”

He replied, “So you all can go out there and force a little bit of yourselves upon the world.”

Like many, I am drawn to the power of self-expression through dress. More specifically, I think that there is no more impactful way to express oneself than to be involved in the creation and construction process of the pieces with which you chose to define your style.

This blog will follow the development one’s personal style and document the pieces that I create for myself (or for others) in pursuit of that.

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