Draping 101

I never liked flat pattern. To me it was too structured, too boring, too much like math (probably because it IS math) When I was just starting out (many, MANY moons ago) I used to make a sketch and then hit up the fabric stores to browse through all the available patterns for the very closest silhouette to my sketch. I would then cut it out (as is) using myself as the fit model to make the necessary adjustments. It was a process that I really didn't enjoy (because let’s face it) it was cheating. So, even though I lived for the end result, I never was able to take much pride in my accomplishments as a designer. It was only when I became confident in my draping skills that I really began to realize that there was so much more to be discovered in that process. It’s when you really understand the movement and can “connect” with your textile, that you get THAT detail, that one perfect element that really elevates your design to the next level. It’s like sculpting with fabric, it’s free form and so liberating from “the world of flat pattern.”

I feel that most designers I meet that consider clothing to be their “expression” (their art) do not like flat pattern either (probably for the same reasons.)

You know, working with several students from the Academy of Arts in a textiles program as the “Britex Ambassador” (I loved that title) I was shocked to find out that they didn't even offer a suitable draping class! I don’t get it… but it motivates me to offer draping 101 to anyone who might think “am I doing this right?.. can it REALLY be this simple, this free?” The answer is “YES!” and it should also be free in a monetary sense and so…. STAY TUNED for my answer to this draping dilemma.

Day 10: Collaborations

We love to collaborate with other creatives! The plan is always to come up with something completely next level and hopefully inspiring to others. This project was in honor of the late great Keith Haring, an artist that has been a great inspiration to myself (and probably most artists from my generation) Our show was particularly special as we were able to collaborate with friends we’ve know for years (like artist Jim Williams) and new ones that I’ve met post PR, like Kat Avendano (whose incredible crochet genius is shown on each model with her high neck shells as a base) Ernesto Robledo (who took my concept of each model representing a color from the rainbow and came up with our insanely cool all over make-up looks) and Charles Schoenberger amazing photographer and treasured friend. This video was shot by Armin Kraemer, whom I had met on a previous shoot working as a stylist. Of course, none of this would have ever came to fruition if it were not for the hard work of event coordinator Micha Oliver:) Enjoy!!!