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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Portland Sewing's Fashion Forward

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Wed, May 8, 2013 at 9:59 AM

While I've had my head wrapped up in Open Season, Mercury's four-night series of fashion shows happening next week, there's another show that should be on the radar of those with vested (pun!) interest in new developments in local design. While our show features some of the best and well-established talent in town (seriously, our designers are ballers), Portland Sewing's annual Fashion Forward graduate show (along with the Art Institute's June 1 graduate show) offer an annual late-spring crop of mostly unheard-of new talent.

Helpfully, Sharon Blair, Portland Sewing's director, has put together a handy preview of some of these new faces, photos of their work included:

Heidi Bergin's Adelheid Bergin

My customer is an industrious woman who needs the right garment for any one of her career related occasions. She faces a trade-off between stylish and appropriateness, a choice my line does not ask of her.”
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  • "My customer is an industrious woman who needs the right garment for any one of her career-related occasions. She faces a trade-off between stylishness and appropriateness, a choice my line does not ask of her.”

Lane Hunter's FACET

After spending time in the Bay area, Portland native Lane Hunter returned to perform with the BodyVox Dance company. He says his line is a “clarion call in the ‘Men’s Liberation Movement,’ freeing males to enjoy clothing according to their whim--independent of archaic formalities and fears.
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  • After spending time in the Bay area, Portland native Lane Hunter returned to perform with the BodyVox Dance company. He says his line is a “clarion call in the ‘Men’s Liberation Movement,’ freeing males to enjoy clothing according to their whim — independent of archaic formalities and fears.

Lisha Xie's 谢丽莎 (her name in characters.)

Xie of Inner Mongolia, China, brings a tribal influence straight from the steppes into her lines, colors, fabrics and details. She aims to combine the modesty of the East with the modernity of the West. “I’d like to present the every day classics accented by the cultural beauty of Mongolia; the easy chic tinted with a sense of earthiness that can embody elegance and distinctive style.”
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  • Xie of Inner Mongolia, China, brings a tribal influence straight from the steppes into her lines, colors, fabrics, and details. She aims to combine the modesty of the East with the modernity of the West. “I’d like to present the every day classics accented by the cultural beauty of Mongolia; the easy chic tinted with a sense of earthiness that can embody elegance and distinctive style.”

Caitlin McCall's Quick Study

Be a quick study. Dress appropriately.Portland native McCall spent three years in Europe working freelance for apparel companies and riding a rusty bike between odd jobs. “I want my designs to enable average women to get on bicycles.” McCall says. She makes her garments from upcycled materials and performance textiles
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  • "Be a quick study. Dress appropriately." Portland native McCall spent three years in Europe working freelance for apparel companies and riding a rusty bike between odd jobs. “I want my designs to enable average women to get on bicycles,” McCall says. She makes her garments from upcycled materials and performance textiles

These new designers are showing along side Joshua Buck and Lisa Silveira's Wandering Muse—the two have them have become key in the Studio SKB design cluster that also includes Blair's line of the same name. Things will kick off at 7:30 at White Horse Studios this Saturday, May 11. Tickets are $20 ($25 at the door) with proceeds going to the Portland Sewing Fashion Design Scholarship for Teens, a fund that helps pay for $1200 of classes at Portland sewing followed by an internship with a local apparel company. Just three years running, the first winner did her internship at Nike followed by attending Parsons, with plans to attend Central St. Martins this fall. Last year's winner is currently doing her internship with Holly Stalder (one of our ballers).

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