Coco Chanel, Michael Kors, Tory Burch, and more—explore who has influenced the world of fashion the most, and who might be the next big name.
Cute cows, sharp tools, and successful careers
A ten year old girl without a care in the world sits in front of her TV and turns on a movie with a cow on its cover. The cow was cute, but the 2005 documentary certainly wasn’t. Eyes opened, stomach knotted, life changed, the girl makes a vow to never eat those adorable farm animals again. And she’s kept that vow to this day.
Break With Tradition
My lifelong creative project is my business, Psychomoda , A fashion studio and shop that I have built from nothing but my dogged tenacity , my basic tools of the trade, and my wonderful customers. On my premises , which is a small shop and studio, I design and make , all of the garments I sell.
To my 9 year old self: your childhood hobby is now your career
Picture this, my Asian dad who wanted his first born to be a doctor reluctantly handing over my first sewing machine. In that moment, he probably realized that the doctor dream should be passed on to my little sister because there was no denying my love for fashion design.
Another Fashion Addict
Fashion has always been an important part of my life. It has helped me in my journey to self-esteem by being an outlet through which I can express myself and feel empowered. I’ve invested a lot of time learning how to sew and studying my favorite designers because one day, I would like to create the kind of pieces that expert designers create and reach a level of knowledge in this field that will allow me to achieve my dreams. In the meantime, I love upcycling damaged or outdated pieces to create something fresh and unique. This is why I focus on patchwork pieces. Patchwork is always unique because it’s made out of several different pieces. I like to combine different types of fabrics and contrasting colors that compliment each other when they come together. This forces me to challenge myself and learn about the way different fabrics behave and how I can reuse the maximum amount of fabric per piece. Patchwork is also super versatile because it looks good on everything. I can make skirts, pants, purses and scarves from it and every piece ends up being one of a kind.
Where Two Oceans Meet
As a young girl, I recall my mother carrying a green composition notebook with her, sketching any garment or detail that someone would be wearing in 1990s Melbourne. She’d come home, rifle through her (it was not yet ‘our’) pattern collection for something similar enough, pull out the cutting mat, the pin cushion, the tape measure, the shears. My mum sewed all of my clothes. All of them. I loved it.To this day, this is still (one of the ways) how we both create.
Love what you do
My passion is sewing and creating. I was born at 10lbs 13oz and have been a thick, or fat person all my life. It wasn’t until I started to embrace that I was different and could dress differently if I just created my own wears. Plus I’m an athlete so super thick thighs and arms with a bust size of 44DDD. This has made everything extremely hard to fit or to buy.
Modular Design Application in Lingerie Patterns
My name is Sydney, and it is a privilege to be able to talk in depth about my project and aspiring small business that applies the use of scissors. Since I was a teen, I struggled with body dysmorphia and a lack of body positivity. Through my Instagram account, I have documented and shared hundreds of nude self portraits and have found my artistic practice deeply intermeshed with the intersections of body culture and sexual expression and the internet. I find transparency around my feelings promotes more love for myself, and over time, have inspired many others to feel the same.
Cutting the fabric of the future
My name is Danielle Elsener and I am a Zero Waste Systems Designer. I design and make garments that use 100% of fabric in their creation through intuitive pattern making. I love to create; to delve into the nitty gritty of construction and embrace the tacit knowledge that comes with years of manipulating material.
Jewelry Gone M.A.D
KIA KOLOUR is a handmade jewelry brand who’s mission is to unlock the enigma of a confident woman. Our goal is to design powerful statement edgy/elegant pieces that compels women to come out of their comfort zones and be who they truly are. Some women hide behind a facade and pretend to be someone that they really are not, because she wants to be accepted within the crowd. She wants to wear the high end designer brands that her friends are wearing to fit in. Well, KIA KOLOUR wants to be the voice for the voiceless. We want our jewelry to allow women to feel secure, confident, and strong. We are THE women's empowerment jewelry brand.
So far, my life has just been sew, sew great!
I may not have been born with a pair of scissors in my hand, but it didn‘t take them long to get there. I remember cutting out simple shapes of little girls holding hands, then unfolding them to reveal a magical string of paper dolls! This led to more sophisticated shapes of one-of-a-kind paper dolls, followed by extravagant wardrobes, consisting mostly of ball gowns!
Cut Up and Twisted
People often ask me how I came up with my business of making hand made cut up clothing - using just a pair of scissors and my hands, that story goes way back. As a Mexican and Pakistani girl growing up with a big family in El Monte, CA I was constantly dancing, entertaining, and creating art. I never thought I would be a business owner, but this path chose me. Out of college I was ready to start my career as an electrical engineer. I got a job at a big corporate company and was ready to fully adult.... or so I thought. Within a few months I quickly realized that the monotony of a 9-5 office job was not for me.
No Older Than Five
In a waiting room of seven, a young boy held his pencil with an assured stillness,as he mindfully drew a creation on his paper. He was quiet and patient; which was quite impressive, because he couldn't have been any older than five years old. We all sat in this room seeing what fun our minds could create, searching for distraction from stillness, but this young man found peace in creating his drawing. Another fifteen minutes passed by and surprisingly he broke the silence.