Back in elementary school, I started taking design classes as an after school activity. The school offered t-shirt painting, and my t-shirts could basically stand by themselves after I was done decorating them. I don’t quite remember, but I would assume they would have looked something like this although they were 100 % cotton. (photo snapped at 798 art district, Beijing)
When I have given talks to middle and high school students about design and my life as an aspiring fashion designer, I have come to realize that the perception of what goes down does not necessarily correspond with what most teenagers think, or rather wish for. Life in the designer lane is often far from glamorous.
Ides, ideas, ideas… Keeping up with trends at the office.
Part of the job is to scavenge the fabric markets for high quality silk as well as other fabrics.
It is about teamwork and
sewing machines that do not necessarily cooperate.
It is also cutting,
and making alterations.
It is about making your own samples
and ending up with a product you are pleased with and can stand by. It might look like this
or like this. These are linneabylinneanilsson designs.