For the 2021 Fashion Institute of Technology graduating class, I've chosen to do my final garment (thesis) on celebrating the Black Woman. Along with this thesis I wrote a poem that helps to reflect and capture the essence of what it means to be a Black Woman.
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I AM THE BLACK WOMAN
LOOK #1 - SKETCH
The initial sketches and fabrication of Look # 1. Skirt showcases patchwork made with fabric inspired by the traditional fabrics of West and Central Africa. Both the top and the skirt are reversible. Click on each image for more detailed information.
LOOK #1 - DRAPING PROCESS
Currently, this is the draping process of the first look. Details include selecting fabrics that would work well together as well as finetuning the fit and drape of the garment. Click on an image for more detailed information.
LOOK #1 - SEWING PROCESS
Details of the skirt in the final fabrication. The sewn garment showcases the patchwork of the front of the skirt. The final skirt will be reversible and closures will be made of handmade jewelry. Click on an image for more detailed information.
LOOK #1 - WAIST BEADS
These waist beads will be attached to the skirt via loops sewn at the waistband of the skirt. The waist beads can be removed in order to allow the skirt to be worn in the reverse. Click on any image for more detailed information.
LOOK #2 - INSPIRATION
The inspiration for look #2 combines elements of the first look with the way the Caribbean interprets West African culture. An example of this is the Moko Jumbie - a stilt walker often found in carnivals, especially Trinidad and Tobago, and the VI.
LOOK #2 - CORSET DRAPE
This is the draping process for the second look. Look #2 consist of a corset-style top paired with wide-leg pants. The corset will be fully lined and will include cups, underwire and boning. Click on any image for more detailed information.
LOOK #2 - PANTS DRAPE
The pants will have pockets at the front and welt pockets at the back. There will be gold trim and an invisible back zipper. Click on an image for more detailed information.
These are a few jewelry pieces that were designed/purchased to be paired with the final garment collection. The neckpiece was purchased and all other jewelry was made by the designer. Click on an image for more detailed information.