Where were you on April 20, 2013?
Ms. Charm was sitting in the front row at Maryland Insitute College of Art experimental fashion titled, R.I.P V.I.P. Throughout the night, many types of themes and garments were displayed.
From ritualistic act of marriage to a visual theater with puppets to 90s silhouettes to comic book couture to hand-painted clothing. One collection that stood out was Essentialism by Erin Sudeck.
Erin Sudeck’s women’s wear collection at MICA’s RIP VIP.
“I was very stressed during the second semester, much more stressed during the few days leading up to the event,” Erin Sudeck said. I experienced a roller coaster of emotions the day of the event.I was so nervous about my performance that day. I was also thinking about everything that could go wrong. On top of that I was very nervous for all of my fellow peers and hoping their performances went as best as they could, if not perfect. After my first performance, I was so relieved! I could no stop crying because I was so happy that my performance went as best as it could(it looked like everything was intentional to the audience, but really my models and I missed a cue here and there), and I was so proud of everyone else. Then, I was just exhausted and wanted to go home after the first show.Besides the stress of the entire experience, the best thing was how close everyone got. Also, how proud I was of myself, my friends/fellow designers, Valeska, and us as an entire group for pulling off a spectacular event.”
It was the simplicity and craftmanship that drew me to the Essentialism collection. From that showcase, it will always be a favorite of mine.
Erin Sudeck’s menswear collection “Chief”.
As we countdown to another Week of Fashion at MICA (a month away to be exact), I decided to catch up with Erin Sudeck. She graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art this past December (2013)with a BFA in Fibers with an experimental fashion concentration.
Saturday, April 5, 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
2640 (St. John’s Church), 2640 Saint Paul St.
Tickets: $7, available at the MICA Store, 1200 W. Mount Royal Ave., and store.mica.edu; limited tickets will be sold at the door for $10
At the annual Experimental Fashion Event, artists and designers from the MICA Fiber Department’s Multi Media Event class work collaboratively to transform 2640 (St. John’s Church) into a venue for innovative fashion and costume design. During the event, students present their individually crafted garment-based works, pushing the boundaries of fashion and art. The fashion event represents a variety of concepts and skill sets, with work speaking to the performative nature of fashion and the merging of the runway, the stage, and the theater of the streets. The evening will involve more than 200 people, including designers, and their hand-selected models and performers.
Designers: Samantha Bloom ’14 (fiber), Lola Borovyk ’14 (fiber), Samantha Brodowski ’14 (fiber), Alexandra Caivano ’14 (fiber), Heyhee Choi ’14 (fiber), Elise Collier ’14 (fiber), Karen Feliz ’14 (fiber), Evyn Fong ’14 (fiber), Hyla Frank ’14 (fiber), Amadeus Guchhait ’15 (general fine arts and humanistic studies), Izzy Lawlor ’14 (fiber), Lucy Maher-Tatar ’15 (interdisciplinary sculpture), Sarah Meeranje ’14 (fiber), Joanna Para ’14 (fiber), Catherine Reckelhoff’14 (art history, theory and criticism), Madie Shaver ’14 (fiber), Eliza Vlasova ’14 (fiber), Rachel Wheeler ’14 (fiber) and Vivien Wise ’14 (fiber). Graphic Designers: Daniel Calderwood ’14 (graphic design) and Sophie Moore ’14 (graphic design).
A fascination with shirt and tie combos spotted in the pages of GQ inspired a Baltimorean to make a huge move to Southern California.
Why the change of scenery?
Stephen Schneider made the decision to study fashion merchandising.
“Even though, that was my major I still had no idea what I wanted to do in the industry until a decade later,” Schneider said.
After years in the furniture rental industry, Schneider decided to put his fashion studies into action. While working with a few manufacturers in LA, he wasn’t sastified with their level of qualityand craftsmanship. With a shift in scenery closed to his hometown, he found a manufacturer that shared his vision as well as standard of quality. Each season every Bine & Bas design begins with Schneider gathering fabric swatches and thread colors.
“When I am in the process of choosing the fabrics I’m going to use for each production run, I’m inspired to look for fabrics that my customers can wear in different settings,” Schneider said. It’s all about being different but not too crazy with the patterns and colors. I think about how each shirt would look with a suit and tie or a pair of jeans and khakis. It’s very important to have a shirt that is versatile enough to create different looks for the wearer.”
Originally, Schneider wanted to use patterns that were commonly used in flannel shirts. Bas & Bine, pronounced Beanah & Bass, shirts have a dressier fabric paired with a tall spread collar and 5mm thick buttons for a masculine edge.
Sometimes you just have to go for it.
“As a regular patron at local art festivals and exhibits on the weekends, I thought it would be fun to have my own booth,” Rachel Brand said.
Photo credit: Red Rose Photography
I applied for one at a local fall festival so I made enough pieces to sell, mostly from antiques and knickknacks that I had hoarded over the years. After a surprisingly successful event, I quickly expanded my line by creating an Etsy site, applying to other festivals and contacting boutiques to sell my wears.”
It was this spark of spontaneity that launched the Byrdie jewelry line. In retrospect, Brand seemed to be prepping all her life to start a business that combined her interest in naturalism and in collecting. As a little girl, the Byrdie designer would catch insects and use them to create elaborate wall displays. Also, you could find her in the attic sorting through her grandmother’s costume jewelry. Not much has changed as Brand is always on the hunt for natural and tossed objects that she can transform into art.
Photo credit: Red Rose Photography
“I’m always gathering beads, stones, feathers, leather scraps, charms and antique finds,” Brand said. I usually don’t know exactly how I’ll use them until I experiment with ways to incorporate them in my work. I also keep a sketchbook of my raw jewelry designs. I’ve been known to resort to napkins, tissues, anything I can get my hands on if an idea comes to me when I don’t have my book.”
Back in September 2007, two friends, Pam Haner and April Camlin teamed up to put on the first ever Baltimore Fashion Week. One of the rising stars of this historic fashion week happened to be a 23 year old, Lindsay Michael of Monster Lou. She debuted her design point of view at their Ready to Wear showcase at Red Maple.
Since joining the ranks of Charm City fashion pioneers, Monster Lou has remained a timeless brand in Baltimore. Michael continues to create Harajuku fashion kids inspired clothing in her house studio packed with fabric, patterns and two sewing machines.
“Monster Lou to me, is like a 50′s diner in Tokyo and The Cramps are playing,” Michael said. First word that comes to mind of a girl that wears Monster Lou is fun. I usually get the feeling that most girls that buy my clothes probably have a lot of kitchy things in their house.”
The self taught fashion designer isn’t afraid to learn more about design or improve her skills. From 2011 to 2012, the Monster Lou designer attended the Maryland Academy of Couture Art for pattern making.
Today is the day!
Happy 4th Birthday, Ms. Charm’s Chic!
As always I like to thank every single person that has visited my blog over the past 4 years! I could not do what I do without your support and feedback. I want to thank every single person I have interviewed for giving me the chance to learn more about you and to expose your talent through this fashionable platform. Every time I read a comment or an email about being honored to be featured or just simply loving what I do with Ms. Charm’s Chic, it gives me that boost to continue blogging my heart out.
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While growing up, Yetunde Sarumi watched her mother embark on a sewing journey. She even learned how to hand sew at age 8. Her first clothing product was creating skirt that was literally sewn by hand, without a sewing machine. Unfortunately, her sewing passion slowly dissolved over the years. Well, until a fashion mishap in 2011.
“It actually started when I gave a tailor some fabric and my design idea to sew, but I ended up receiving a dress that looks nothing like I designed,” Yetunde Sarumi said. Being disappointed, I decide that I needed to learn how to sew so that I can bring my ideas to live exactly the way I pictured it.”
Sarumi sewing comeback involved searching for the perfect sewing school.Her research lead her to a website called YouCanMakeIt.com. After submitting an email, the website sent her information about Baltimore’s own sewing school, The Sassy Sewer.