Move over “Project Runway” … here we come! The second week of our partnership with VCU’s Fashion Design and Merchandising Evening Dress Class (read our previous blog to learn more) led us to Mood Designer Fabrics in NYC. Yes, the now infamous fabric store featured on Project Runway. Courtney Simons (our Multi-Media Specialist), Professor Henry Swartz and I (no, not Heidi Klum, but indeed another Heidi!) ventured into this candy land of fabrics to find the perfect materials for the evening dresses the students will be designing based off the Tranquil trend forecasted by Charles Luck in our upcoming Perspectives 2012/2013.
At first, Mood was completely overwhelming. A montage of colors, textures, patterns and textile offerings assaulted our senses. But as we got comfortable with the seeming chaos, and under the encouraging tutelage of Professor Swartz, we were able to hone in on just the right colors and textures – soft, floaty ethereal fabrics and those offering more structure and comfort. With the helpful assistance of Ann (a hat maker and employee of Mood) we selected 12 beautiful fabrics to send back to Richmond and into the hands of the eager students.
Join us next week to see the mood boards created by the students…their first step in concepting their dresses.