Everyone who knows me knows I like to be surprised at shows - it's one of the joys of attending those featuring student grad collections. The best nights are a mix of beautifully made garments interspersed with more conceptual offerings or those with fun silhouettes. The last Blanche Macdonald show hit the mark.
The fun element started when I headed in to view the portfolios. What I am personally looking for is interesting fashion illustrations. WHY? Because it gives me an idea of the creativity this designer is bringing to the table. At this stage of the game, their concepts often exceed their construction ability no matter how strong they are - something internships post grad bring out. So it's here I see the depth of their vision.
Right away I was drawn to Tia Bai. This is not traditional fashion illustration. It's young, quirky and truly something I've never seen before. I marked this designer down pre-show to take special note. The pieces on the runway were as unusual as the illustrations, so I wanted to share them with you. While only 3 looks were presented that night, the mix of runway photos with fashion illustrations offered here let you see the wild range of designs created for this collection.
This young designer is firmly in position to reach a new generation of fashion enthusiasts. It will be fun to see how Tia Bai grows over the next few years as she gains experience and matures in her design work. I'll be watching!
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Where were you born, where did you grow up?
What you like when you were young?
Looking through my whole program, pattern making was the hardest for me. Fashion Illustration was the easiest because I always have many ideas I want to work on.
I offer one of a kind, funky designs for people to wear that will put a smile on their face.
I’m a stylist in a concept store now and hope to launch my own line in this next year.