Senior Spotlight: Meisha Larkins

The theme for Runway 10 is Remember Imagine, which encourages everyone to look at the past and remember where we started, so we are able to look towards the future and what we can achieve. Leading up to the show, we will be focusing in on each of our senior designers and learning about the road that lead them to where they are now. The next senior designer we will be spotlighting is Meisha Larkins.

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Meisha decided that she wanted to be a designer when she was in the 5th or 6th grade. Her mother had just bought her a sewing machine, and Meisha realized that it is possible to make clothes at home. She was so amazed with all the different fabrics, and asked her mother what she could make with them. Her mother replied, saying that she could make anything that she wanted. That’s when Meisha started sketching and designing different garments. However, it wasn’t until her freshman year of college that she really started sewing and making garments.

For Runway, Meisha’s collection is called Relaxing Outburst. She was inspired by the WGSN trend psychotropic. She was also inspired by the Runway theme, Remember Imagine. Meisha is a fibers minor, and has made her own fabrics for the past three Runway shows, with this year being no different. The inspiration for her fabrics came from the story of the rose that grew from the crack in the concrete. Meisha took this concept, and changed it a little to become the story of a field of flowers that grew from an oil spill. The story represents empowerment for all women, and shows that no matter what life throws your way, keep going and working until your goals are met.

meisha 2Meisha’s fabrics are direct dyed, batiked, submerge died, pole wrapped, and then discharged. After she got her motif form, Meisha was able to create two different prints. When coming up with the silhouettes for her fabrics, Meisha looked to the 1970s for inspiration. She was also inspired by loungewear, because her ideal customer likes to be very comfortable.Her garments aim to stand out in public, but also be comfortable enough to lie around the house in. All the garments in this collection are very flowy and loose fitting, making them perfect to be worn during the summer.

One of the biggest challenges Meisha has faced thus far is draping the fabric on a pair of pants. She had never draped or made pants before, but everyone was telling her that it was easy. After her first attempt, her mentor, Mr. B., looked at her draping and asked her what it was, to which Meisha replied a mess. The second challenge she has faced is the high cost associated with getting two custom fabrics printed. Being a full-time student, and only working part-time, the costs really add up. Having said that, Meisha knew that she would be selling her line short if she opted against creating her own fabrics. So like any good designer, Meisha chose her work over everything else.

Tickets for the show are now available here http://runway.buffalostate.edu

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  1. Laverne Franklin

    Wonderful job Meisha! We’re all very proud of you❤😍❤

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