2013 Fashion Show Designers
*Produced by Mollyann Russell
Casey has been designing and making clothing from a very young age. She holds a high appreciation for a variety of art, music, clothing, jewelry, and design. Creative expression in these areas have always been a driving force in her life, but clothing in particular has given her the strongest pull. After a Fashion Degree and years of sewing in the entertainment industry (including Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland,” “One Tree Hill,” and “Iron Man 3”), she has decided to pursue her own clothing line, which has been her greatest gratification to date.
She strives for her clothes to be extremely comfortable, flattering, and versatile, but modern and timeless at the same time so they can be enjoyed for years to come. She likes garments that have style longevity. She also likes a certain amount of simplicity, allowing the wearer to take their style in whatever direction they choose by their choice of accessories, shoes, etc. The fabrics she uses are such a big part of her designs. She uses micro modal (made from the pulp of the beechwood tree) because of its silky, luxurious drape. Each and every piece is hand made in Wilmington, NC.
Her designs are currently available for sale at www.etsy.com/shop/
Sarah’s creative life started when she was first able to hold a crayon. Armed with the words “do something that makes you happy” she ventured off to college. Two weeks into her first Metal Design class, she was hooked. A few years later, she had a BFA in Art Education with a Concentration in Metal Design. After trying her hand at different art related jobs in different cities (gallery owner, jewelry design for a manufacturing company, and studio assistant), she now splits her time between her home studio, teaching, and working at a lovely shop helping others create. Her design philosophy is simple: less is more. She prefers to let one element in a piece stand out creating mainly in sterling silver and other mixed media. Most recently with her work she has been exploring color and texture; introducing rubber dipping, enamels, powder coating, and vinyl. She specializes in custom made, one-of-a-kind, limited edition, and production pieces of jewelry and small sculptural objects for boutiques, galleries, and her online shop at www.stectormetals.com. As long as her work keeps making her smile and makes other people happy, she will create.
brings you affordable cashmere in fun colors and unique design: shrugs for any event, timeless sweater dresses, modern infinity scarves and v-neck sweaters with extra long sleeves you always wanted. To shop visit www.kat-cashmere.com‘
Produced by Jamie Powell & Mor Aframian
This Year’s Designers:
Tierra IdeasMatthew Mahler is founder of Tierra Ideas, the exclusive manufacturer of travel bags made from recycled airplane textiles donated by Delta Air Lines. Tierra Ideas recently launched Taking Recycle Higher, a nationwide Kickstarter campaign that runs through December 26th with the goal of turning 1000’s of recycled aircraft seat covers into bags. Tierra Ideas has donated 10% of proceeds to The Nature Conservancy, an international conservation organization and their bags have been featured in USA Today, Sky Magazine, and Diane Sawyer’s Made in America. Their bags are available for purchase locally at designbox, NOFO, A Southern Season, and Morgan Imports.Oami Powers
(Read Our Profile of Oami Here)Contemporary women’s clothing made with an emphasis on excellent construction, beautiful textiles and interesting details. These limited edition pieces are sewn in Raleigh, NC.
Wendy Allen is the designer behind the name Miss Fitt & Co., maker of hand felted wool hats, scarves and other accesories. Miss Fitt was born in San Francisco when local hat shop owner spotted a hat Wendy had made and asked her to design a line for the store. Since moving back to the east coast she has been expanding her line and exploring new felting techniques. A blend of retro and contemporary stying combined with the organic quality of hand felting gives her work the ability to blend with any wardrobe. Miss Fitt hats are friend makers. They make you smile.Katelyn & Eleanor
Faded SummerBoth graduates of NC State’s College of Art and Design and College of Textiles , Eleanor and Katelyn share a passion for textiles, design, and a little bit of sparkle. The pair first connected while studying fashion and costume design in Prague and then both went on to design collections for NC State’s Art to Wear show. Despite these similarities, the pair follow different paths in their design work with Katelyn focusing on jewelry and textile design and Eleanor on fashion and surface design. Their recent collaboration brought together their distinct design philosophies, resulting in a fresh aesthetic and ultimately a new brand.
For their most recent collection Faded Summer, Katelyn and Eleanor designed and knit the fabrics for the collection with colors and motifs inspired by thoughts of nostalgic summers and the patterns found in repetitive natural occurrences. In addition applying these fabrics into their clothing design, the collection also features embellishment, jewelry, and headpieces designed by the duo.
Raimbow TreeRaimbow Tree draws inspiration from the whimsy of the forest and all the colors of the rainbow to create one of a kind wearable art. Each hat, headband, and garment are made without patterns or templates and with the intention to celebrate the feeling of living in the moment and releasing your inner mystical creature!