Escape Madison with Fashion

Travel the World in this year’s UW Madison Design Department’s Escape Fashion Show

May 1, 2012

Get ready to travel around the world and experience spring in London, summer in New York, fall in Paris and winter in Tokyo during the 2012 University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Design Studies Department’s Escape fashion show sponsored by Kohl’s Department Store. More than one hundred pieces created by thirty textile and apparel design students will be showcased on the runway May 4 in Union South’s Varsity Hall.

The First Annual Student Virtual Exhibition is a new addition to the fashion show and will showcase juried projects including but not limited to weaving, sculpture and digital productions from students in textile, apparel and interior design. The exhibition can be viewed at both shows, and online at designgallery.wisc.edu.

Three designers offered insights into their collections in the show, plus a little background on why they have such a passion for fashion.

Lisa Webb, UW Design Department

Lisa Webb

Senior, Textile and Apparel Design

What inspired you to pursue design and fashion?

I am from Sun Prairie and grew up around Madison my entire life. I started pursuing a marketing degree and actually changed my major quite a few times. I came to the University of Wisconsin–Madison my sophomore year and switched into Nursing, Psychology, Human Development and finally settled on Textile and Apparel Design.When I was little I always wanted to be a wedding dress designer. I would draw little sketches and began sewing soon after. It’s so awesome to think that people can wear and use what I create and design. 

 

Tell us about your collection or pieces in the Escape fashion show.

I will have three pieces in the fashion show. I started doing kids clothes this semester and love it! I think it gives me more freedom to create because kids are willing to wear just about anything, but it has to be comfortable. I have two dresses and one skirt and jacket look, including one dress made entirely from three old oxford shirts I had.

What is your process as a designer? How do you go from an idea to an actual construction of a piece?

I like starting with a general idea and going through inspiration. I usually start online and look at different images, locations and styles. I usually sketch a bit after I have an idea of what I want to make. I have never been good at drawing, so getting a general idea down on paper is usually good enough for me. I'm much better at constructing and patterning the garment I have in my mind. 

Maryann Samreth

Senior, Textile and Apparel Design

Tell us about your collection or pieces in the Escape fashion show.

I am very excited to introduce my man bag collection on the runway. My time abroad in Florence last semester has made me realize my passion for men’s accessories. I love how it can be simple and complex at the same time. Man bags are starting to become more popular in big cities around the world. My man bag collection entitled the Sedgwick Effect is inspired by the Art Deco era including artists Tamara de Lempicka and Joan Miro and trendsetter Edie Sedgwick.

What are your favorite fabrics or materials to work with?

I love to work with leather. Leather is a material that can make a garment or accessory look elegant or edgy. It is a challenging material to work with but I love that there are infinite ways to manipulate the fabric and turn it into something innovative.

Describe your personal style.

I like to mix vintage items with current styles. I have been wearing a lot of my mom’s jackets and blazers from the ’80s and mixing them with different tank tops and dresses. I am an accessory queen and have to wear any type of jewelry at all times. Sometimes I make my necklace the centerpiece of my outfit. Accessorizing can completely change an outfit and I never go a day without it.

Vanessa  Ohlmann

Junior, Textile and Apparel Design

What designers inspire you? Where do you like to shop and get inspiration?

My favorite designers are Christopher Bailey, Ozwald Boateng and Juun. J. I love going to vintage and thrift stores. I pull a lot of inspiration from movies from the ’40s and ’50s and the music that I listen to.

What is your process as a designer? How do you go from an idea to an actual construction of a piece?

I’m very heavily inspired by the music I listen to. Most of my designs start from a song and then sometimes I’ll see something clever in an old movie and the design will take off from there. It will first start as a sketch, and then as a proper illustration. From there, I flat pattern everything and then put it into muslin to work out any issues. Finally, it’s ready for the actual fabric of the design.

 

Tell us about your collection or pieces in the Escape fashion show.

I have two mini menswear collections in the Escape fashion show. The first collection was inspired by the duality of gentlemen versus rogues and the culture surrounding popular music in Korea. My second collection is a series of plaid wool cardigans with fur and leather details pulling inspiration from Arthurian legends. I also have a women’s wear cape dress that was inspired by the wardrobe of Kate Middleton.

For more information on the Escape fashion show or to buy tickets, visit FashionShow.wisc.edu

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