Wednesday May 1st was the Future of Fashion BFA Fashion Show at FIT in New York. One of the looks in my collection was shipped from Milan to be in the show! Out of over 200 fashion design graduates of the class of 2013, 90 were chosen from the specializations of Knitwear, Sportswear, Lingerie, Special Occasion, and Children’s wear to have their looks walk down the catwalk at the show. I was extatcic to be able to be a part of the show in New York all the way from Milan.
Click Here to see a video of the show. If you dont have time to watch the entire thing, my look comes out at 11:14
The past couple of days I have been working nonstop to get one of my garments ready in time to send it to NYC for the FIT BFA Fashion Show. This year they are representing some garments from the FIT Milan program in the show! It is a huge honor to be able to show my garments in both the New York and Milan shows. I was able to finish my first look just in time to be shipped off to NYC. Heres a sneak peek ….
This look is an oversized knit sweater with a pointed stitch that I designed on the ShimaSeki electronic knitting machines. The sweater is made of 100% mercerized cotton that was donated to me from FiloScozia. After the sweater is knit I hand dyed and hand painted it. The tights in the final look below are made from the print that I developed in my screen printing class in Lake Como. You can look to my creative portfolio to better understand the concept behind my collection:)
Recently our project with Filoscozia for Premiere Vision has been getting some press! A couple of weeks ago one of my sketches for the project was featured in Fashion Magazine. My Sketch is the one on the far left.
A couple of days ago I found out that this project with Filoscozia was also featured on the Vogue Italia website! http://www.vogue.it/talents/concorsi-e-altro/2013/03/filoscozia-academy . If you go to the website and click to the second picture you will see my garment and my name! Both the website and the magazine are in italian but you can refer to my other blog posts to understand better what the project was all about.
As part of the 8th semester curriculum we are able to take a screen printing class in Lago di Como, about an hour north of Milan. The Lake Como region is known for its silk production as well as for its printing factories. Factories in Como produce the finest most high-end silk that is used in all of the major design houses worldwide. Aside from its world-renowned factories it is also one of the most beautiful and scenic cities in northern Italy.
Every Monday I hop on the train to Como and arrive at the Politecnico di Como where they have amazing fabric printing facilities. In this class we are working on developing our own prints for our senior collections. I have come to learn that adding personal prints to a collection is a much more complicated process than I ever imagined. We have had the amazing opportunity to travel to multiple design houses and printing factories in Como in order to see the entire process from start to finish!
The first step is designing the print tile on the computer. Next you must separate the colors into individual channels. Once this is done you have to decide weather you want your print executed by screen printing or digital printing. If you decide to use screen printing you must take your file to an engraver who will use ultraviolet light to engrave you design into multiple silk screens. Once the screens are engraved they must be rised and then they are ready for ink!
Technicians prepare a test print on paper. The place ink at the top of the screen and pull it down. Where the screen was engraved the ink will pass through creating the design.
For my print, I opted to use digital printing because I want a more photographic effect, however I loved being able to see the entire process of screen printing from start to finish. It is an incredibly complex process. Below is the first test print of my individual design! More to come…