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I AM THE BLACK WOMAN

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

 
 

TREND REPORTS

Trend reports for over a span of two years (2019 - 2021) showcase the relevance of the silhouette. Each garment is traced back to a traditional attire in West Africa/Caribbean. In order to learn more about the trend report, select image. 

INSPIRATION FOR LOOKS

The inspiration for the two garments come from many traditional African and Caribbean attire. The collection combines these traditional attire with contemporary styles. Click on an image to learn more about each spread. 

 

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 an image to learn more about each. 

INNITIAL DRAPES

Highlights of the draping process for the first and second looks as it comes to life. Shown in this slide show are the muslin drapes, draft patterns, and the garment construction of the first and second looks in IATBW.  Select to learn more. 

 

IATBW JEWELRY

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.

 
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LEARN HOW WEST AFRICA INSPIRED MY FABRICS

Learn how West Africa inspired the selection process for all my fabrics used in my thesis collection. Click the button below for more info.