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The Eastman Naia™ Design Challenge!

The Eastman Naia™ Challenge Continues Over Spring Break!

31 March 2017

During Spring Break, O’More College of Design students are making the most of their time with the Naia™ from Eastman fabric. 

Most O’More students are always working to better themselves, even when given a break, and this is certainly the case for the fashion students involved with the Eastman Naia Design Challenge. Over Spring break, students continued to work on their projects in order to stay as focused and driven as possible.

We know for certain that students Peach Malone and Sydney Duncan were constantly in the studio at work, and we were able to ask them a few questions about their work. 


With Sydney:

Q: Inspiration for Naia gown? 

Sydney: The silhouette and fabric selection for my Naia look was originally inspired by undergarments seen throughout history. More recently, renaissance artwork has made a distinct impact on my design.

Q: What did you work on over spring break?

S: Break was spent hand embroidering and beading the bodice of my look.   

Q: What is your greatest challenge with this project so far?

S: I somehow, though not surprisingly, managed to misplace the pattern I created last semester. Fortunately, I still have the mockup garment, so I am able to create a duplicate pattern off of that.  

Q: What do you hope to gain out of this challenge?

S: My main focus is the embroidery, and improving that skill set.


With Peach (who we got to meet during week 1):

Q: Inspiration for Naia gown?

Peach: My inspiration for the Naia challenge came from the WGSN trend Future’s Past, I drew my past inspiration from the Victorian era with corsetry and over the top ball gowns with peplums and layers and put a more modern spin to it.

Q: What did you work on over spring break?

P: I fixed a few patterns, cut out my fabrics, and began sewing the shell and lining to my gown.

Q: What is your greatest challenge with this project so far?

P: I haven’t really run into any major problems yet, but the biggest thing as of now is realizing how much fabric there is to the garment and how heavy it makes the gown and whether or not the top I have designed to go to it will be supportive enough for the ball gown skirt.

Q: What do you hope to gain out of this challenge?

P: My main goal for this project is to push myself through the design and technique. I also hope to learn how to manipulate the acetate fabric into what I have designed.

We look forward to the progression of all students involved with this project, so keep up the fantastic work! Stay tuned for next week!