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 Carly Garrison.
Carly was determined when she decided to go to school for fashion design in 2010. She had a plan set, and had a goal to start her own business upon graduating. Back in 2010, Carly was in a rough point of her life. She was displaced due to an unfortunate circumstance that she had brought upon herself. She faced an important decision; continue down the path she was on, or turn her life around. Carly decided to make a decision for the better and go to design school.
For Runway 10, Carly’s collection embodies two different elements: multi-functionalism and a timeless essence. She wanted to make garments that could stand the test of time, so she gave her clothes the ability to manipulate
the silhouette so they could evolve with the trends. Each of her looks features ties or belts that will allow the wearer to alter the fit of the garment.
The biggest challenge Carly has faced while creating her collection is fabric sourcing. She has an emotional connection to linen, specifically to hemp linen. Unfortunately, it is very rare to find in the U.S. because it is relatively new compared to flax linen. For Carly as a designer, it is very important to source sustainable textiles. This is very challenging
for any designer, especially for those in college. Due to the fact that she is still a student, Carly does not have the luxury of traveling to find sustainable and ethically produced textiles. For her collection, she had to settle for flax linen, which is readily available unlike
hemp linen. Hemp linen is also only available in its natural color, and dyeing is a long process that requires time, space, and patience.
Tickets for the show are now available here http://runway.buffalostate.edu