Admiring the Designer’s Designer

StartUp FASHION - resource - Blue Star SilkI don’t know about you but when I look at an amazing piece of art, I sometimes (perhaps often) think about the raw materials that go into it; the stones in a piece of architecture, the rich hues of the oil paint in a portrait, the smooth marble that has been chiseled into a sculpture, and the beautiful textiles that make up a garment. I look at the creators of these raw materials as the designer’s designer or the artist’s artist. What would the object be without these materials? Nothing, of course. So this season, when I had the privilege of attending some of New York Fashion Week’s Fall 2010 shows, what struck me most was the fabric; the mood that can be created by layers of tulle, or lustrous metallic jacquards, or heavy cotton twill. So, rather than sharing with my readers yet another blog post on the amazing fashion that was shown at New York Fashion Week, I want to talk about the amazing fabrics that were shown. I decided to concentrate on one company, Blue Star Silk, which has been supplying quality goods to some pretty well known names in fashion for over 25 years. Why highlight this company? Honestly, because I’ve worked with them in the past and continue to work with them in the present and it’s always a great experience. Don’t let the name fool you, this company deals in anything from silk to cotton, from triacetate to rayon, with bamboo, Tencel and nylon to boot. The qualities come from countries like Korea, Japan, Switzerland, and Italy. When you walk in the showroom you are greeted with racks of samples and shelves of stocked fabrics. They will even work with you to create custom wovens, knits, and prints.

When creating a new line, a fashion designer has a vision, a statement they want to make and, without the help of companies like Blue Star, that vision cannot come into fruition. So the next time you’re admiring a garment don’t just think about the cut and style but also think about the hand, the print, the texture, the drape, and the luster and give some credit to the designer’s designer.

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Nicole Giordano

Nicole is the founder of StartUp FASHION, an online community and support system for independent designers around the world. She’s a traveler, a weaver, and a foodie. A deep love for the craft of fashion pared with an adamant belief that success is defined by the individual, led her to found StartUp FASHION were she helps independent designers and makers screw the traditional fashion business rules, create their own paths, and build businesses they truly love. More than anything else, she’s in the business of encouragement and works every day to remind makers and designers that they have something special to offer the world and that they can, in fact, do this thing!

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