Marti had seen photos of Yves Saint Laurent’s Mondrian day dress hundreds of times, but never understood why the garment was special until she read Holly Brubach’s fascinating New Yorker article that ended up changing her whole life. Saint Laurent designed the shift “to do without darts, molding the panels of fabric to the breasts by means of gridlike horizontal and vertical seams,” as it turns out. With her description, Marti realized fashion writing doesn’t necessarily have to be empty, as is the mainstream tendency. It can convey technical working concepts, as a means to instill a respect of the vast challenges in the technical realms of apparel. And ideally, fashion writing would also be funny, and a little strange too, if blended with the influence of Gavin McInnes, the former Do’s and Don’ts fashion writer of Vice Magazine.
Marti enrolled in what she refers to as SCCC’s “freakishly rigorous Apparel Design program”, and upon graduating, developed Worn Out—the fashion column of the alternative Seattle weekly newspaper The Stranger. Worn Out profiles local designers, and classes like patternmaking and construction gave her the insight necessary to ask smart questions during interviews. Every year, Marti welcomes SCCC’s fresh batch of apparel graduates as potential column subjects, because their new designs are always the best in town. Past SCCC Worn Out subjects include: Aubrey McMillan’s retro-inspired airline stewardess uniforms, Celeste Montalvo’s tuxedo-pants running shorts, and Kirk Mason’s briefs for “fat men.” Check out her column featuring the work of alumnae Lenna Petersen and Miriam Reynolds here. It’s all about veils with vroom. Photo credit/Timothy Rysdyke