Senior design students prepare for the spring fashion show
Three AMDT students discuss their collections, passion for fashion
Senior design students have waited their entire college career for the opportunity to take part in WSU’s annual fashion show: their last chance to reveal who they are as an artist before graduation.
This semester, 14 seniors from the Department of Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textiles prepare to showcase their collections at the 39th WSU Fashion Show on April 1. This year’s theme is Vitality, which represents students’ transition to normal life after the pandemic. .
“Vitality is like a rebirth for us, like a new beginning,” said Stone Duran, senior apparel design specialist. “Butterflies are like little creatures that go into a pupal state and eventually blossom into butterflies. That’s how we are right now; we’re just blossoming into butterflies.
Duran said he knew nothing about sewing or clothing before applying to WSU and was considering exploring music or culinary school instead. He became a design student because it felt instinctive and allowed him to express his individuality.
Over the past few months, Duran has begun creating his “Chrysanthemum” collection, translating his sketchbook designs into reality. Duran will adapt her pieces to her models and make corrections before presenting her final six looks to the judges this spring.
Her collection will feature evening wear with silhouettes reminiscent of the 1950s. Duran said her style was inspired by couture brands, like Dior, which develop elegant and classic pieces. Although he doesn’t like bold patterns or vibrant fabrics, Duran decided to challenge himself by incorporating floral designs into his collection, he said.
Although Duran said it was difficult to be one of the nearly 20 male students in the AMDT program, he said the design of the clothes allowed his voice to be heard.
“[Fashion] is a way to express yourself when you have no voice. Before, I was a very introverted person and never spoke,” Duran said. “Clothes help me have confidence. I talk to people more; I talk in class, all that.
AMDT Senior Major Keyondra White said her collection is all about the concept of trust, especially the empowerment of women.
“All You: Unlocked” features five complete leather looks. White’s models will parade down the runway to Megan Thee Stallion’s “Megan’s Piano,” bringing a “boss” energy to the fashion show, she said.
“It’s about embracing who you are, embracing your personality, embracing everything about you, and showing it in a confident, bold way,” White said. “I want them to walk like they own million dollar companies – like they own the world. I want my collection to have an attitude towards it.
White was inspired by the Manière De Voir brand, which specializes in “sharp” leather clothing, she said.
She said she finds the motivation to work hard on her collection from her family. Their high hopes for her future make her want to do her best, she said.
Her mother used to watch America’s Next Top Model and Project Runway when White was in second grade, which sparked her interest in fashion. She received her first sewing machine that year and began making miniature outfits for her dolls and drawing in her sketchbook.
As she got older, adults said she should pursue a career for the money rather than the passion, but White said she knew she would regret it if she did not follow his passion for clothing and design.
“To me, fashion is just about wearing what makes you feel good and wearing things that stand out from the crowd,” White said. “It might be the craziest thing in the world – if you feel good in it, that’s all that matters.”
AMDT Senior Major Amiah Brooks said her collection would bring a “wow factor” to the fashion show. “No Limits” conveys its message of individuality with a Western theme and fitted pieces covered in rhinestones.
She said the collection’s “baddie cowgirl vibe” is inspired by the Met Gala and the desert places she might live in after graduation. Her favorite design from the collection is a pink jumpsuit covered in rhinestones in a bottom-up ombre pattern.
Brooks models will enter the runway to the sound of a blaring siren, lining up for the Pussycat Dolls’ song “When I Grow Up.” She grew up hearing the song on “Just Dance” and said it was a manifestation of her future, she said.
When Brooks took a quiz in fifth grade asking what she wanted to be when she grew up, she simply wrote “famous.” Throughout college, Brooks explored avenues like social media, modeling and collaborating with established brands like Steve Madden and Nike, she said.
Her mother was a constant source of style inspiration during her childhood, Brooks said.
“She always put me in the cutest clothes,” Brooks said. “She’s definitely one of the main people I look up to. Her opinion is probably the only one that really matters when it comes to style.
White said working alongside other designers like Brooks when creating her collection is inspiring.
“It motivates you, to see how hard everyone is working,” White said. “Some of these people are here day and night, and it’s inspiring that we’re all working hard for the same end goal at the end of the day.”