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11.29.2017

Do the Extraordinary – Chris Clark 2017

Congratulations to our 2nd year student Chris Clark on his runway event! Please read below to hear about his process…

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Congratulations to our 2nd year student Chris Clark on his runway event! Please read below to hear about his process and show. We are so proud of our students and all the work they do.

I’m Chris Clark, currently a second year student in the apparel design program at Seattle Central. I’ve been interning at Do the Extraordinary over the summer and was lucky enough to design a piece to be featured in a runway show at the 2017 Seattle style night. This event was held to honor designers in the greater Seattle area, which included a variety of categories other than fashion such as hairstyle, makeup, and model of the year. Do the Extraordinary represented the lifestyle apparel designer of the year category.

When I designed this piece I had two things in mind, making a piece that stayed true to the brand but also keeping the piece true to me as a designer. Luckily for me, Do the Extraordinary is heavily focused on the an all black aesthetic where nylon straps and silver d-rings are of the norm. This gave me free reign to design how I normally do. I have always been attracted to straps, so when I was in the design process the strap was the major focus. I thought of how when you Carry a messenger bag or any over the shoulder bag you have the strap running across your chest and around your back. So I incorporated that idea into a really long adjustable back strap that connected diagonally across the back. Playing with the strap of a messenger bag being visible from both the front and back, you can also wear the back strap connected to an additional d-ring located just slightly off the shoulder running down to the chest.

This was an amazing experience and I’m very grateful and humbled that Do the Extraordinary gave me the opportunity to bring my ideas to life and have it featured on a runway.

11.07.2017

19th Century Paper Dresses.

Our AD&D 2nd year students had just 2 hours to collaborate and created different dress silhouettes from the 19th Century…

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Our AD&D 2nd year students had just 2 hours to collaborate and created different dress silhouettes from the 19th Century using only paper, glue, staples, tape and talent! Working together to create magic, they showcased the amazing changes fashion has taken throughout history. It’s amazing what these designers can do!

11.06.2017

Halloween Luncheon 2017!

Getting spooky with our Halloween Celebrations!

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Getting spooky with our Halloween Celebrations!

10.30.2017

Scholarship Recipients Fall 2017

Congratulations to our Fall 2017 Scholarship Recipients. (Listen top to botton, left to right) Jacob Sutton - James D. Hoyt…

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Congratulations to our Fall 2017 Scholarship Recipients.

(Listen top to botton, left to right)

Jacob Sutton – James D. Hoyt Memorial & Seattle Promise, Kemi Briscoeray – The Boeing Company, Cole Pillitu – Franklin Micah Wood Endowed, Akrofi Adjumani – James D. Hoyt Memorial, Karissa Samples – Mike Alesko Endowed, Bryan Sieh – Mollie V. Pepper Endowed, Nicole Shepherd – Snohomish County Clothing & Textile, Tanu Singh – Richard & Martha Weiland Endowed, Anissa Bryant-Swift – Seattle Promise & James D. Hoyt Memorial, Marissa Barnard – James D. Hoyt Memorial, Celina Quintana-Marquez – Hisako Nakaya Endowed, Andrea Dahlman – James D. Hoyt Memorial, Kristina Anderson – Hisako Nakaya Endowed, Orlando Mandujano – James D. Hoyt Memorial, Celine Waldmann – Seattle Promise, Ha-Vy Le – James D. Hoyt Memorial, My Truong – George C. Corcoran Memorial.

10.04.2017

Congratulations Class of 2017- Photo highlights from AD&D’s graduation showcase!

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10.04.2017

King 5 News interview!

Our graduate Lauren Gibbons previews her final line and talks about her process. Check out the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFfYujBx7yA

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Our graduate Lauren Gibbons previews her final line and talks about her process. Check out the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFfYujBx7yA

04.11.2017

Mad about Collars!

Working in teams, first year students got crazy with collars and learned to manipulate and problem solve with pattern drafting…

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Working in teams, first year students got crazy with collars and learned to manipulate and problem solve with pattern drafting to replicate unique collars from the fashion world. They gave intuitive presentations and created complimentary mood boards while honing in on their professional skills. Great job designers!

04.07.2017

Shirt Mania!

The first years worked tirelessly creating these one of a kind button up shirts. Congratulations students on a job well…

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The first years worked tirelessly creating these one of a kind button up shirts. Congratulations students on a job well done.

04.07.2017

Ha-Vy Le – Fresh Fit Fashion Show

Congratulations to Ha-Vy Le! She was invited to showcase her design and sewing skills in this unique event. Below is…

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Congratulations to Ha-Vy Le! She was invited to showcase her design and sewing skills in this unique event. Below is her experience and process.

Ha-Vy backstage with her Model Carmelita Juan.

 

 

“Fresh Fit Fashion Show is an annual event hosted by University of Washington Hip Hop Student Association (UWHHSA). This was their first year showcasing student designers and I was one of two to showcase a piece. The fashion show was on February 17th, 2017 from 5:30 to 8:30. There were vendors, dance/music performances, a runway, giveaways and more. I got involved because a lot of my friends are a part of the UWHHSA organization and when they decided they wanted to showcase student designers, they invited me about 3 weeks prior to the event date. I told them yes even though I knew classes in the program were picking up and getting really busy, (for example, the shawl collar + tech pack was due the day before the show!!) but I thought of it as an opportunity to really challenge myself and put myself out there and see what I could come up with.”

 

“I made a leather mock neck layering piece. I feel like I really challenged myself with construction because I’ve never worked with leather before. I also challenged myself with pattern making because it was my first time trying to use a bodice and turn it into a design that I wanted and figuring out how to execute it. I used a basic size 6 bodice and used it to make a first pattern, then used the first pattern to drape onto a dress form and really developed my pattern from my limited to no knowledge of draping. I’ve never draped before, but I took what I learned in first quarter about fitting gore skirts and applied it here, so I just used the slash and spread method on the dress form and traced what I ended up with onto paper and used it as the basic shape of what I wanted it to look like. Also, we were just starting to learn about collars, so I used what we learned about the mandarin collar and applied it to the piece as well.”

 

“I’m really satisfied with what I made and I think the styling really honed in on who I am as a designer as well. I found that project to be super fun, but also a great and challenging learning experience. If they invited me to do it again next year, I would because it gives me the experience that can’t really be taught in a class setting, so the more I’m doing something and challenging myself to try new things, the better I’ll get and the more I’ll learn.”

PHOTOS// CAEAN COUTO

MODEL // Carmelita Juan

03.15.2017

Gores on Parade!

The first year students put their own special flare on these amazing 8-panel gore skirts. Custom pattern design and unique…

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The first year students put their own special flare on these amazing 8-panel gore skirts. Custom pattern design and unique fabrications make these designers stand out in a crowd! Congratulations students on all your hard work.goreparade2016