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Kathleen Harmanson

Selcouth: 2020 Designer Showcase

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Kathleen Harmanson

Atavistic ’40s
Senior, Design Studies

Concept Statement: For this collection I decided to focus on the ’40s because it was a time where there was a lack of resources and a change in perspective in relation to technology, societal understanding, and cultural knowledge. I transformed metal wire and netting by using weaving and macrame as a topical application to create my looks. Atavistic ’40s best describes what I’m doing because atavistic means a recurrence of or reversion to a past style, manner, outlook, approach, or activity. This collection will not resemble the ’40s but instead be brought to the present with a futuristic touch. I decided to create looks that various people can relate to and would want to wear. When viewing this collection I hope to evoke a meaningful memory or emotion.

What was the inspiration behind your collection?

I was inspired by the time period’s resourcefulness and the rise in industrialism. During this time women became more present in the workforce and became seen more as individuals. Within my collection I wanted to add bright colors that were lacking within this time period and revision them within today’s style, while keeping a vintage edge to the pieces.

What were the main fabric or fabric manipulation processes you used in your garments?

The main fabrics I used were utility netting and cotton. Yarn and macrame cord were used for weaving, macrame, and coiling for fabric manipulation and topical application.

What will you take away from your time working with Art2Wear?

Working with unconventional materials to make wearable pieces will never turn out the way you expect it to, no matter how much you plan things to go. Being adaptable and versatile with your ideas, plans, and thoughts is important in confronting the obstacles that may arise.

How has Covid-19 affected your collection, if at all?

Because of Covid-19 I wasn’t able to get to my Men’s look. I wasn’t able to get my model’s measurements and use a dress form to drape onto, but I’m planning to design and put together the look by the end of the summer.

I would like to give special thanks to my family, especially my mom, friends, and professors who have been supportive of my creative journey and affirming of who I am.

Kathleen Harmanson

Kathleen Harmanson

Senior, Design Studies

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