So unfortunately, I don’t have quite as exciting news as Christina. Friday morning, I was going over the Manhattan bridge to my internship when I got a call from my friend who had just checked her email to find that she was on the list of chosen garments. She checked my email only to find that I was not on said list. What a friggen bummer. Not much more I can say, except that I am super proud of the work I’ve done and I really couldn’t be happier with my two looks! I was a little bummed all day (needless to say), and when the designers at Opening Ceremony asked me what was up, I admitted that I had found out that morning that I didn’t get into our senior show. To my surprise, three of them exclaimed that they too did not get into their shows! This sort of gave me a little hope because here were girls with my dream jobs, and they hadn’t been chosen for their shows. Not to say I’m not still completely bummed, but it was nice to be reassured that it’s really not the end of the world. It may be the end of my undergrad career, but it’s just the beginning of years of designing and maybe some day I’ll have a runway show of my own!
So this week (before judgment day) was nothing short of epic. It’s similar to what we experience every year with the week our term garments are due, but this was more… this had a goal in mind and thus even more motivation for a couple of sleepless nights. This is sort of what my Monday and Tuesday looked like…
Then Tuesday night blended seamlessly into Wednesday morning and that looked a little like this:
At 6:40 am my friend, Dani B, met me at my apartment and we called a cab, then we made a pit stop to pick up our friend Teresa, then over the Brooklyn Bridge we went. Our little knit lab/cellar/cave/dungeon has never been so hectic. We started dressing our forms around 7:15 and around 8 am, our critic arrived. I don’t think this was required of her at all, but she brought with her tonnes of accessories and shoes that she had bought the night before with our garments in mind – super sweet and wayyy appreciated. The class looked amazing (as did the other knitwear class!). Honestly, to be one of those judges must have been extremely challenging, I sure wouldn’t know how to narrow it down! Every single piece was Fashion Show worthy if you ask me!! Here’s what mine looked like: (FYI, my Flickr is not letting me sign in so I will link these pics to my better-quality ones as soon as it’s working again. PLUS i will include photos of the designers and garments of the whole knitwear specialization so CHECK BACK!)
And here’s everyone in my class!
At 9 am, the Fashion Show judges and the Cotton Inc judges arrived and we aptly left the building to bask in the sun and breathe for the first time in over a month. It sure was a strange feeling. Half an hour goes by and we head back to the dungeon, undress our mannequins, return them back to their respective classrooms, and stuff our months of hard work back into our lockers. Then we do what any Fashion Design student would do in celebration – we head to Dallas BBQ for margaritas and fried chicken where I promptly fall asleep at the table (this is not a joke, according to the rest of the girls, it was for a solid 8 minutes).
All-in-all, it was an incredible experience and there’s a tonne that I’m able to take away from it all. I don’t even think I’m done with my collection, actually. Though technically I’m done the work in that class, I think I’ll make a third look to sort of sum it all up. Plus I’m in touch with an awesome photo student from school, B. Charles Johnson, who’s going to shoot my looks and previous work as well. I think we could make something SUPER rad.
Also, as a side note… when I got back to my internship (from the Garment District) on Friday, after I had told them I hadn’t made the show, I asked if they wanted to see my garments. They all crowded around and the number of “oohs” and “aahs” and gasps I heard really gave me the ego boost I needed. They were so shocked that I had made all of the fabrics and everyone picked their favourite pieces. It was such a great feeling!