Spaces Corners, Pennsylvania is like much of rural America; it is an assemblage of residences, abandoned buildings, acres of farmland and local mysteries. The collection derives from utilitarian aesthetics, with an emphasis on pockets and knit pieces created from Jodi Horgan’s flock of sheep. Spaces Corners draws from the principals of rural life by including locally sourced materials, connecting to utilitarian design elements, and ultimately, the collection approaches a retrospective on an American lifestyle.
Quinta Essentia is a line that explores the roots of textile design: Natural Dyeing. Extracting colors from natural ingredients, soaked and washed in water, and dried with wind, the textile contain the essence of the universe, and most importantly a story. Ultimately, Quinta Essentia is a reminder to go back to the fundamentals of fashion, to recognize our ancestor’s wisdom, and to celebrate it without polluting our habitat.s
Neha Chintamaneni, Uma Kommineni
Karma is a line based on the Hindu principle of reincarnation.This line focuses on the confusion many Indian immigrants face when understanding the fusion of Indian and American cultures. The lettering “ABCD” that appears throughout the line is a term meaning “American Born Confused Desi”: a term that many older generation Indians use. This line features circles to instill the idea of Karma and the circle of life.
Flora is a fashion line of wearables where simplicity works in conjunction with floral inspiration. The approach to the design takes subtle notions and incorporates them as notable forms that will compliment the human body. Each piece is developed with simple color blocking styles and presents itself with the inspiration of a single type of flower; the Dandelion, Sunflower, Rose, Chrysanthemum, Baby’s Breath, and Phlox respective to the line order.
Richard Saenz fall/winter 2020
Richard Saenz fall/winter 2020 collection is about upcycling/recycling unwanted garments. Mainly using post-consumer waste. Taking garments out of the waste cycle. Experimentation and introducing innovative ideas that look beyond the societal norms of what is considered acceptable. Exploring new possibilities. Unexpected cuts, oversized and distorted shapes which offer a different perspective to what the wearer is presenting. Creating designs in a fast, ever-changing society requires experimentalism and the courage to try fresh and ambitious things. Looking and moving forward while respecting the past. The process involves finding creative ways to reuse textiles, usually resulting in one-of-a-kind items. A cause we can all become part of to secure the future of upcoming generations.
I grew up swaddled in knits and purls. As I grew, my blankets turned to sweaters and my fears became more real. Anxiety plagues every thought of my impeding graduation. Am I ready to face the world? Lifeline is a piece of yarn inserted into a previous row to hold stitches in case of a mistake. Lifeline is a security blanket for the soon-to-be adults, venturing out into the world fully prepared to make mistakes.
There is no one way of understanding a religion. Despite being a christian in a christian family, the designer have always been in questions of religious matters. KOL:N line does not portray the generic understanding of Christianity. All the looks are well influenced by the designer's personal interpretation of what Christianity is, if God really exists, and how the bible leads people to its belief.
A reaction towards an increasingly problematic consequence of information overload through the expression of streetwear and reconstruction.
Liam van Oort
Eurowestern visualizes the contrasted upbringing between Dutch and Texan. Through these differing identities, this unisex line uses recycled materials and focuses on the repetition of one look. The iteration in form aims to focus attention on the macro and micro decisions. vulnerable while certain, liberal and reserved, extrinsic and grounded, this line creates space for an expression of self.
REPARTUS, stands for rebirth, refers to a self-metamorphosis. Homages to the surrealism movie Black Swan, the line extracts its corrupting swan image and dark aesthetics through the length of fashion. As the movie character kept breaking her moral code to create a morbid connection with “black swan” and eventually drown into darkness, the form of the line varies from mild silhouettes to dramatic and untamed ones.
Arden Wolf and Samantha Ho
Conceived as a study of consumerism through the material of LED signage, this line seeks to show today’s forms of advertising in our digital culture. We touch on digital culture through text by highlighting certain aspects of humorous/relatable social media behaviors that Gen Z and Millennials display on a day to day basis.
I like certainty; I like feeling in control of every aspect of my life. I try to micromanage everything because I am scared of failing. But trying to control things that are out of your reach is frankly exhausting. Through this line, I imagine life without this need for control. I want to explore the possibility of briefly losing agency and just letting go — and see how that alters my art and my life.
Vincent DeRienzo and Leah Kendrick
Body dysmorphia abstracts reality and takes the physical realm into an obsessiveness that veils the judgement of the victim. Compulsivity and false imagery cover the true form of the body. Our line seeks to explore this space through masking figures with shape and material in vibrant colors, transformative sheens, and form-making. Reconstructing the imagery of women’s bodies and how we create wardrobes to abstract and limit these shapes creates a narrative of freedom through alteration.
Michael Powell and Selena Zhen
This collection looks towards the application of ornamental textile trimmings through a contemporary re-interpretation of outerwear. Originally, fringe was used as a detail to prevent the unraveling of fabrics when hemming was not. In this case, the fringe application becomes more experimental, and more invasive as it begins to consume the jacket. The collection demonstrates the boisterous opportunities apparent in re-imagining the application of traditional finishing techniques.
Christina Brown, Cotey Anderegg, Scarlet Tong
Water is everywhere. That’s the world we live in. We inherited the mistakes from our ancestors, and nature has turned its back on us. As all the ice vanished and the sea level risen, all of our glorious past has been engulfed by the sea. A new mode of living was found. To survive, one must master the navigation of the water’s surface. Here we present effervescent, examples of everyday wear in our water-centric lifestyle.
Alice Fang, Connie Ye, Sebastian Carpenter
zoöid is an exploration of light and color as a means for communication in a starless world. Inspired by deep-sea creatures that use light to communicate and coordinate, the looks in the line create an intricate lightshow on stage. Synchronizing with each other, the looks react to audio to change color on stage, creating a visual dialogue between them. This project was funded with support by Carnegie Mellon’s Undergraduate Research Office, and the Frank-Ratchye Studio for Creative Inquiry.