Innovations 2015: Meet the Designers

Over the years we have some pretty incredible talent show at our annual scholarship fashion shows. This year’s Innovations is no exception! This year we will be featuring some inspirational designers from MCTC, St. Catherine’s University and the University of Minnesota. Read more about their stories and aesthetics below, and be sure to check out their looks as they hit the runway on Saturday, October 10th at Rapson Hall Courtyard. More details here.

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Tabitha Andelin University of MN, CDES, Apparel Design

About: I feel like I have always been a designer, I have just become better at it through an education. I am a student,  but also a former student-athlete.
I love being physical.  it helps me understand how clothing fits and moves with the body. I interned at Gucci and it showed me how important it is to have a strong sense of what you represent. Even without a logo people will know who made your clothing because of a strong aesthetic. I like to put to use my technical design skills, and create perfect fit and construction for performance gear along with other types of fashion.Aesthetics: I like structure within garments that make interesting shapes. I feel like it can make for interesting silhouettes. I also love fabric texture so I like to mix fabric textures.

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Hannah Johnson
St. Catherine University

About: I have been sewing since I was about 8 years old and did the MN State Fair 4-H fashion show in 10th and 11th grade. I was a Pottery Barn teen student stylist in 10th grade and in college I have done two past Sol Inspiration shows and Katwalk this year. I volunteered at the MN4MN fashion show this past year. I also work in the costume shop for the theater department sewing clothes for the shows on campus and act as the manager. I would say since I am a full time design student that I consider myself a full time designer.

Aesthetics: I think my aesthetic is usually a more feminine look, classic and girly although I also like to add inspiration from other things to that basic format and change things up.

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Lisa Kasperson
St. Catherine’s University

About: I have been earning my degree in apparel design for a year and half and have 2 semesters left. I have always loved fashion and art. I love being inspired everyday by things to feed my aesthetic. I participated in the Red Dress event 2015 at the Mall of America this past winter and created a mini collection for my junior project. I currently work at Nordstrom gaining a strong knowledge of the industry and have 2 design internships both relating to performance wear.

Aesthetics: I have a degree is kinesiology and am mind and body conscious. I like to design for the active body in movement with form and function. I like to incorporate chic sophisticated fashion within my aesthetic as well.

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Rachel Purtell
MCTC

About: I’ve known I wanted to make clothes ever since getting tingly feelings looking at beautiful clothing. I am deeply attracted to textiles with texture and depth, such as velvet and beading sequins. I started sewing just a few years ago, with the help from my grandmother. She taught me to sew on her 50+ year old singer and since then I have had a great joy learning so many new techniques and ways of construction. I currently design part-time as I must sustain myself with a job. My hope is to one day soon be able to sustain myself from doing what I love.

Aesthetics: I always try to achieve unique looks that border between surreal and wearable, and I love making clothes that are inventive, well-crafted and fashion-forward. My garments cover many styles and eras, but I mostly prefer toned-down avant-garde pieces with slick and mature designs that can still be worn in the real world. I take inspiration from ancient mythology and cultures, but I try to bring those concepts to this century by stylizing it in a modern and chic way. Conceptual and esoteric pieces are my thing, but not in a way that is too abstract or pretentious.

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Adrianah Trevino-Gartner
St. Catherine University

About: I am a passionate and dedicated individual that expresses herself through designing and constructing clothing. I will be entering in my second year at St. Catherine University as a double major student in fashion merchandising and apparel design. I have been a designer since my sophomore year of high school. I was able to gain skills from participating and competing nationally in fashion construction through the student technical organization, Family, Careers, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). Once recent accomplishment I would like to share would be the opportunity I was able to act on was participating in the St. Kate’s annual fashion show, the Katwalk as a first year student. I turned an ordinary comforter into a vintage dress with Victorian influences. By using a basic dress pattern, I incorporated hard work and creative eyes to alter the neckline, hem, sleeves and the back of the bodice into a unique piece.

Aesthetics: Simple and chic are two words that would not only describe my aesthetic but also a way of life I try to live everyday. I have a motive of living a happy, healthy and simple life. I like to incorporate those words into the designs and garments I make. It may take strategic thinking and various steps to create a complete product but in the end I would have taken the smart and simple route to create an elegant masterpiece. Influenced by high fashion and avant-garde fashion looks but with the everyday consumer in mind so it’s kept simple and practical is the way to go.

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Emily Walen
University of MN, CDES, Apparel Design

About: I have always enjoyed creating, but am new at designing apparel. I am inspired by art, travel, architecture, and interior design. I am a student at the University of Minnesota and will be starting my sophomore year in fall 2015.

Aesthetics: Classic structure with bohemian edge and a little bit of punk feel.

​​​This year we will also be featuring an audience vote on Instagram for our show. Head over to @EcoStreetStyle’s profile to view some of the looks and cast your vote!

2 thoughts on “Innovations 2015: Meet the Designers

  • i am the grandmother who taught Rachel Purtell how to sew two years ago. It was an inspiring and very delightful time working in the basement watching her vision come to life on
    a 65 year old Singer and a 50 year old White machine. Her choices for patterns and fabrics were not what I would have chosen, but the results proved that she has an artistic sense that can not be learned, it is part of who she is. I wish her much success and happiness in her career choice.

  • I am the grandmother who taught Rachel Purtell how to sew two years ago. It was an inspiring and very delightful time working in the basement watching her vision come to life on a 65 year old Singer and a 50 year old White sewing machine. Her choices for patterns and fabrics were not what I would have chosen, but the results proved that she has an artistic sense that can not be learned, it is part of who she is. I wish her much success and happiness in her career choice.

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