Designers

ALUMNI DESIGNERS
JAMIE + THE JONES

JAMIE + THE JONES

THE SCRAP COLLECTION

Jamie Frazier and Hannah Jones are a pair you never forget. Jamie and Hannah will be working exclusively with the unused scraps that make a daily appearance in their studio to create different textures, forms, and shapes on their staple silhouettes from Jamie + the Jones. As a clothing brand that solely manufactures in house, it is often challenging to manage the amount of waste that is produced from day to day tasks. They are constantly cutting, sewing, + handling fabric by the bolt which leads to scraps, scraps, + more scraps. By using the technique of top-stitching, they are creating a whole new textile by using the bits and pieces that tend to take the role of discarded trash and turning them into one of a kind J+J treasures.

See more Jamie and the Jones here.

ONA REX

ONA REX

SUMMER 2017 CAPSULE COLLECTION

Ashley finds beauty in the complexities of the world and delights in how texture, color, line and silhouette converge to shape each handmade garment.  Ona Rex seeks to make each an expression of its wearer—a marriage of boldness and subtlety, of classic and modern.

The Summer 2017 collection will bridge the gap between wearable and extravagant.  Since it’s a summer collection, Ashley is playing around with proportions and volume to give a flirty, bold feel.  Inspiration is being pulled from Sofia Coppola’s Virgin Suicides, fantastical and completely imagined trips to the Paris Bird Market — all paired down with urban athleticism.

See more Ona Rex here.

OWLETTE

OWLETTE

THE FLORA COLLECTION

Jessica Bornick is the thinker and hands behind Owlette. She was 12 when her mom taught her how to sew and quickly fell in love with the process. Jessica lives in Columbia, South Carolina with her wonderful husband Aaron and beautiful six-year-old daughter, Elvie who you will see on the runway in May. Jessica is also the drummer in the band Those Lavender Whales with her husband Aaron.

Flora is a Fall/Winter 2017/18 collection for women and girls filled with bright colors and playful patterns. The carefully crafted garments are influenced by retro style, while also staying true to modern design. Earthy tones are peppered throughout, lightly contrasting with curious accents and the marriage of unlikely patterns. Lively children’s accessories complete the Fall/Winter collection.

See more Owlette here.

STUDENT DESIGNERS
EMILY BREEDLOVE

EMILY BREEDLOVE

(Kingston Springs, TN)
“Genuine. Unexpected. Goofy.”

 

Collection:  Vienna

 

Inspiration for your collection?  The big choices in my future. I have always felt a conflicting desire to live off the grid or be immersed in the fashion industry. My work explores this conflict.

Why a designer? When I was younger, clothing and style gave me confidence that I never had in my appearance. I became a designer to help other women gain that confidence through clothing. Along the way, I found purpose in improving the fashion industry to help make it more ethical and sustainable.

Your design philosophy? Clothing should be easy to wear and live in, but still feel put-together and fashion forward. And minimalist and fun at the same time.

Transforming the world? I want to give the world a new, fresh perception of what minimalism means.

The future? Developing my own brand and helping build the fashion industry in Nashville, TN. Also plan to work to improve manufacturing in the US and overseas. And I want to visit all of the U.S. National Parks.

MARISSA BROWN

MARISSA BROWN

(Danville, KY)
“Creative. Passionate. Kind.”

 

Collection: Balance

 

Inspiration for your collection? A combination of urban versus organic, with touches of vintage details and transparent elements.

Why a designer? I want to make women feel beautiful and confident no matter what stage of life they are in.

Your design philosophy? My desire is for every woman to have joy and self worth.

Transforming the world? Instilling confidence in the wearer, regardless of shape or size, to conquer the day.

The future? Working for a smaller company as a designer so I can learn as much as possible, from marketing to product development and textile design.

TIA FERRELL

TIA FERRELL

(Fairview, TN)
“Whimsical. Dedicated. Unique.”

 

Collection: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

 

Inspiration for your collection?  The dreams that feel like reality and the colors reflected from pearls.

Why a designer? I’ve wanted to be a designer for as long as I can remember. I always wanted to create beautiful and magical things that transport viewers and wearers alike to a world where anything is possible.

Your design philosophy? Individuality should be embraced and shared, and I want to create pieces that are fun and unique for the creative soul that longs to express itself.  

Transforming the world? I want to bring a pair of fresh pair of eyes to the costume world and bring new ideas and innovations to the stage.

The future? Theater has always been a home for me, and I intend to establish myself working in the costume field for stage productions.

MAIYA GINES

MAIYA GINES

(Chattanooga, TN)
“Bubbly. Unique. Colorful.”

 

Collection: Castle on a Cloud

 

Inspiration for your collection? Fantasy with a focus on the modern-day princess

Why a designer?   I want to change the standard of beauty for women by encouraging self-love and acceptance for full-figured women.

Your design philosophy? I want my clothing to be an outward representation of someone’s inner beauty.

Transforming the world?  My design aesthetic brings color and fun into Plus Size fashions while changing how people define beauty.

Future? A master’s in Fashion Design and working for Torrid in California. Someday my own retail store that sells my designs.

SARA HINKLE

SARA HINKLE

(Crystal Lake, IL)
“Dedicated. Detailed-Oriented. Soft-Spoken.”

 

Collection: Conqueror

 

Inspiration for your collection? A dark rugged cliff with the white foamy ocean water crashing over it.  Lots of texture, chiffon and leather throughout the collection.

Why a designer? To inspire the world to think different, be different and embrace the difference.

Your design philosophy? Clothes are designed to bring out a woman’s inner beauty and confidence.

Transforming the world? I try to view the world/society with a different perspective and interpret that through my designs.

Future? Running my own business and helping make a difference in the world.

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ANNA HURDLE

ANNA HURDLE

(Collierville, TN)
“Inquisitive. Spontaneous. Progressive.”

 

Collection:  Macbeth

 

Inspiration for your collection? Inspired by the power of women, and the women in power.

Why a designer? I love translating the emotions felt while experiencing the performing arts, through the garments worn by the performers.

Your design philosophy? My design philosophy is to create progressive and technically impressive costume pieces that work to enhance the performance and its visual and emotional impact. 

Transforming the world? My designs will give the audience a fresh impression on the performing arts and entice them to experience more because of the connection they feel with the garments on stage. 

Future? I see myself working within an opera house or a costume shop on Broadway, helping not only with the creation of the garments, but also the design as the Lead Costumer. 

PAYTON JAMES

PAYTON JAMES

(Memphis, TN)
“Positive. Quirky.”

 

Collection: Pearl Rosena

 

Inspiration for your collection? Vintage florals, old tapestry, tonal color.

Greatest accomplishment? Learning shoemaking while interning in NYC.

Your design philosophy? Try Stuff. Talk to People. Get Curious. Keep believing in YOU and stay positive & confident in your work even if you feel like you’ve failed.

Transforming the world? My design aesthetic is geared for a customer who is on the go, but always fashionable. Minimal, clean garments with unique accessories to showcase one’s personalities.

Future? In NYC working. Eventually opening up my own boutique.