From the Press release: Arijana Kajdi, M.F.A Fashion Design, was born in Velika Kladu”a, Bosnia. At six years old her family immigrated to Ravensburg, Germany where they received asylum until the end of the Bosnian War. Her family eventually migrated to Boise, Idaho where she earned her B.A. in Communications and English. For her collection, she blended elements of masculine design with feminine treatment, all the while paying homage to the women who have nurtured her, in particular her grandmother. Her collection has an immense amount of handwork, ranging from hand-dyeing to hand-beading. French lace company Sophie Hallette provided the lace, and other fabrics used include alpaca, mohair, wool, suiting, cotton, silk, and gauze. After graduation, she will begin a six-month Assistant Designer Trainee Program at St. John Collection. Photos by Randy Brooke.
French Textile Connection Spring 2013 Academy of Art University Runway show in New York during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Photos by Randy Brooke.
From the press release:
The French Textile Collection is a collaboration of four M.F.A. Fashion Design students, five B.F.A. Fashion Design students, two B.F.A. Textile Design students, and the following prestigious French textile mills who donated fabrics to be used in the collection: print (AB CREATIONS); silk, jacquards (BELINAC, DENIS & FILS, PHILEA, SPRINTEX); wools (CLARENSON); lace (SOPHIE HALLETTE, SOLSTISS); knits (DEVEAUX, HENITEX INTERNATIONAL, PHILEA, SPRINTEX); velvet fabric, stretch corduroy fabric, jeans wear, pigment dyed (VELCOREX); and technic/sports fabrics (AVELANA, ROUDIÈRE). The students who collaborated on
the UBIFRANCE collection are: Korkor Apo, Maclay Bowers, Joe Chung, Mina Fadaie, Guiping April Feng, Massayuki Ito, Kyung Hwa Kim, Erica Laba, Eli Daniel Odisho, Liza Quiñones, Angela Sison, and Wen-Lin Lina Tsai.
This collaboration was made possible by UBIFRANCE, the French Trade Commission. UBIFRANCE is a governmental trade agency whose efforts create promotion and business opportunities for French companies in their international business development. It is a key force for French exports with the support of France’s
Ministry of Commerce. UBIFRANCE promotes French products and savoir-faire, and puts French-based professionals in contact with their international counterparts. For more information about UBIFRANCE and the participating French mills, please contact: [email protected].