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Y Collective Concept Project (part 1 - Folds)

Added May 14, 2010

by melodym

Iowa City , Iowa...






I am enrolled in Eastern Michigan University’s Apparel Textile Merchandising program. Within the program we have an independent study class called, Y Collective. It is a small class of about 10 hand picked students who spend the term developing concept designs based on a theme. This year’s theme was Skin. My concept designs evoke the sensation of touching skin, the juxtaposition of Soft and Hard, and the idea that skin can be Protective as well as Vulnerable.

Material Notes

My literal/sense based interpretation of the theme: skin, drove me to also develop new skills, sewing leather. I began to thrift old trench coats to re-purpose in order to practice my leather sewing research. I also had to hold a workshop for the class to share amongst the collective the new knowledge. In the end all the practice on re-purposed garments developed into the new concept garments themselves. The second dress began as a practice bust and grew into a final look.




Garment Type
Bridal, Evening Wear, Romantic
Leather/Fur, Silk, Tulle

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    Aug 5, 2010, 03.12 AMby marloncosta

    This is a beautiful design! Well executed!!! Awesome!

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    May 28, 2010, 12.47 AMby Elisabeth Snider

    I love this. The concept is lovely and the execution is impeccable. The folds of the fabric really are incredible.

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      May 28, 2010, 01.10 AMby melodym

      Thank you very much!

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    May 20, 2010, 10.27 AMby niña blanca

    Uuuuu nice…..it looks great….and the bow in your hair match the dress perfectly!!! ;)

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      May 21, 2010, 02.54 AMby melodym

      Thank you, I made the bow headband too! It is also leather.

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    May 16, 2010, 11.46 AMby davee09

    this is an awesome dress!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    May 14, 2010, 07.38 PMby Olivia Anne


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    May 14, 2010, 02.02 PMby niña blanca

    It’s gorgeous….I would like to see it on somebody!

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      May 20, 2010, 01.13 AMby melodym

      Thank you. I do not fancy myself the best model for the dress, but I have added a pic of me in it. It was taken at my school fashion show, during the award portion of the show.

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    May 14, 2010, 12.24 PMby lizah

    wow! it’s awesome!

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    May 14, 2010, 08.26 AMby suzetewilliams

    I like everything about this dress! Fantastic job you’ve done. Congratulations

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    May 14, 2010, 03.36 AMby guerillaembroidery

    great stuff, i wouldn’t have guessed it was leather in there at all until you said.

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    May 14, 2010, 01.40 AMby melonhead

    This is beautiful and striking. I’m in love with it!

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    May 14, 2010, 12.49 AMby cyclades

    This is beautiful!!! Amazing job!

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      May 14, 2010, 12.50 AMby melodym

      Thank you!

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