Rachel Mickiewicz & Sydney Curry – Senior Thesis Project 2023

Rachel Mickiewicz

Major: BFA Fashion Design

Hometown: Hopatcong, NJ

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I grew up in a small town in Northwest New Jersey. My interest in mending garments started at a young age due to my family’s history of tailoring. Despite my initial interest in environmental science, I wanted to pursue a career that involved more hands-on work, leading me to study fashion design. Over the years, I gained experience creating and altering garments and interacting with clients in the luxury fashion industry.

My senior thesis collection is inspired by my childhood spent outdoors and my current work in the bridal industry. I aimed to create a balance between durable outdoor fibers and classic bridal fabrics in my collection, which features clean and tailored garments paired with organic draping and movement. Each look in my collection features canvas paired with tulle, chiffon, and stretch mesh to create a dynamic interplay between tailored, clean lines and organic draping and movement.

Sydney Curry

Major: BFA Textile Design

Hometown: Henderson, NV

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I was born in Las Vegas, Nevada, and moved around frequently in the western United States during my childhood. I developed a love for fashion and art early on, teaching myself
to sew at eight and always keeping a sketchbook handy. In college, I pursued fashion design but found my passion lay in textile design, blending my artistic and fashion interests.

My collection with Rachel Mickiewicz draws inspiration from strolls through gardens, blending rugged workwear and elegant bridal wear. The muted autumnal colors and floral motifs are featured in heavy-weight canvas and sheer fabrics. The contrasting fabrics add visual interest, and the floral motifs reflect an artist’s exploration of their childhood garden.