Cynthia Tran, B.F.A. Fashion Design, and Kassie Moody, B.F.A. Textile Design, have collaborated on a women’s wear collection for the upcoming Graduation Fashion Show.
Tell us about your inspiration?
Cynthia: I was inspired by Ludwig Bemelmans’ storybook Madeline and paper origami nuns. I also looked at the clean silhouettes in the 1960s from designers like Balenciaga and Courreges. I wanted to create a collection that was whimsical and classic at the same time.
Kassie: The collection was largely inspired by the storybook Madeline. I took both the setting of Paris and the loose, painterly style of Ludwig Bemelmans and did my best to translate them into intriguing and textural prints.
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How are you feeling with the show so close?
Cynthia: I am excited to see the end result and to move on.
Kassie: An equal combination of totally stoked and pretty anxious.
Are you sleeping much?
Cynthia: I slept about an hour a day before hand-in but made up for it on Easter weekend.
Kassie: When I was in the lab over spring break printing for collection I slept very little but since finishing printing I am back on a more normal sleep schedule.
How do you stay focused?
Cynthia: There is nothing else more important right now than getting it done.
Kassie: Soy Chai Tea Lattes, TV shows and pure will of spirit.
What has been your favorite part of working on senior collection?
Cynthia: My favorite part was the process, coming up with the ideas and working it out.
Kassie: The speed, chaos and excitement of printing in the Textile Lab on a professional level.
If you could do this year over, what would you change to prepare yourself more?
Cynthia: I would have focused more on my portfolio over winter break.
Kassie: I would have a better knowledge of how to convert my prints to large-scale designs so I think that would have made the experience more efficient.
What are your plans after graduation?
Cynthia: Look for internships or a job anywhere and everywhere. Maybe get a part-time job at a bridal salon.
Kassie: Hopefully I will have started an amazing job or internship!
For more information on our graduation fashion show and events, click here.