REVEL Fashion Show on Display in Rapson Hall
Bridget Erl, head of REVEL’s student communications committee, explained that “the subject of this exhibition is the inspiration for each designer’s senior collection–communicating the story behind each designer’s collection to the public. [The designers] come from various backgrounds, but have the same goal of creating a collection of apparel items that showcase their viewpoint as a designer”
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REVEL, the act of celebration and taking pride in one’s actions, defines the upcoming Apparel Design senior showcase. On February 7, thirteen young designers will be present their capsule collections, the summary of their apparel design degrees. Each collection showcases its designer’s aesthetic, ranging from menswear to bridal to couture.
Ashley Jensen finds inspiration “in the uniqueness of each human body and the way we all move.” She was able to use the techniques she learned in her studio classes – knitwear samples, tailoring, and seam finishes – when creating her line. Her collection of menswear staples fit and accentuate muscular body types. She got the idea to design for a specific need through her research with DHA department head Elizabeth Bye. “It was a collaboration with young East African girls to design culturally appropriate active wear.”
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Elizabeth Davelaar also got the idea for her collection from a professional experience. “I interned at The Bridal Gallery in Sioux Falls, SD over the past 2 summers doing alterations on wedding dress,” which gave her an idea of the bridal market and where her designs could fit in. She also learned structural techniques to combine with the technical skills she learned in class to construct her gowns. “My line has a lot of pleating and all of this had to be done by draping it on the form. Having a background in draping from our studio really made the process easier.”
See samples from the rest of the lines at the Apparel Design Fashion Show Exhibition, in the Rapson Hall HGA gallery through May 10.