When I was finishing my BFA at Fashion Institute of Technology, I was in Florence. It was 2004 and all of us in the Fashion Design Program had to think about their thesis. My stay in Italy influenced my design style and this was why I gravitated towards historic fashion of fit and volume
My thesis was two fold. I wanted to concentrate on what I was for the larger part of my life, a curved woman and I wanted to show off my sartorial skills, therefore it was only logical that I focused on plus size for my final portfolio and created a micro-collection of denim in the style of the Victorian era. This era is defined by its corsets and voluminous sleeves and skirts.
Yes, I had a bustled skirt with a 10 foot train! Go BIG or go home!
The jacket I created in the Victorian style was of a short bodice and modernized in denim. I wore it for the final fashion show.
To work alongside my students today, I decided to go through the process of drawing out the flat, drafting and creating the pattern as they too, must draft and create the pattern of a jacket.
These are my FLATS