THREADS Designer Spotlight: Ashley Davis

Read about how your favorite THREADS designers find their inspirations and get the sneak peak on what to expect at this year's Threads fashion show, April 16, 2011.

Ashley Davis is hard at work designing her THREADS exhibit which will be shown on April 16, 2011. (Justine Young | Grand Central Magazine)

Compared to her sophomore designer debut with a Betsy Johnson inspired fashion line, Ashley Davis, a Central Michigan University apparel design and merchandising junior, hopes to design a more “modern and classy look” for the 2011 THREADS student produced fashion show on April 16.

Since this will be her second year designing, Davis feels more pressured to create her new line and knows all too well that the stress her and her fellow designers will endure this semester is something they will struggle with.

“I think I know more what to expect this year,” Davis said.

Davis will be designing for the fall/winter portion of the show. Her line will include five looks composed of three dresses, two formal and two sets of separates.

Davis will be designing with various woven cottons, satin weaves and lace fabrics in colors such as black, eggplant, charcoal gray and champagne creams and pinks.

“I like the fall color schemes better than spring,” Davis said. “It’s more my personal style because they have a more rich and dramatic feel.”

She didn’t start her designs without difficulty.

“I think having a theme gives you more focus,” Davis said.

Some of Davis’ design ideas are not finalized; but as of now her overall theme is set to follow Black Swan. She plans on using fabrications like feathers and tool to support this theme.

Three of her friends will be modeling for her and Davis will also be attending model call to find her last two models for the show. The chosen models will also be sporting theatrical makeup to go along with the Black Swan theme.

An advantage that Davis will have for the show is implementing the techniques that she learned this summer while attending Paris American Academy. These skills include fabric dying, draping and various ruffling techniques.

Davis learned a lot designing for the show last year and has already completed one dress for her line.

She wants to make her line that much better in hopes that Project Runway winner, Seth Aaron, will be at the show.