THREADS Designer Spotlight: Kristine Opaleski

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.

Apparel merchandising and design freshman, Kristine Opaleski, is making a big move designing for THREADS her freshman year.

Opaleski is also potentially setting a trend and building confidence for freshmen in the AMD program that are considering designing for THREADS. 

“I have done two runway shows before and I felt that I was pretty prepared,” Opaleski said. “I think that it’s a great opportunity to build your portfolio.”

Opaleski said she loves designing and sewing. She learned how to sew when she was younger, and started making her own clothes her sophomore year of high school.

As if designing her first year wasn’t enough of a challenge, Opaleski is designing a collection comprised of five looks which include a short and top, a skirt and top and three dresses.

The inspiration is sunrise, and the color scheme follow looks going from day to night. Designing tailored pieces and flowy pieces, conveying an edgy modern look.

“I think it’s something that a lot of women need, pieces that they can wear from day to night,” Opaleski said. “I also think that as far as summer pieces go there’s not a lot of night looks, there definitely is a need for both.”

The fabric Opaleski utilized for her collection consists of denim, chiffon, silk georgette, a cotton poly metallic blend, cotton jersey and a cotton poly jersey rayon blend. Currently in the second level sewing class, Opaleski utilized patterns to design her collection.

Several designers have faced the stress of models canceling at the last minute, and Opaleski is no exception. Ten days prior to the show she was informed that one of her models could no longer participate.

Immediately beginning to seek replacements, a model was soon acquired to represent Opaleski’s line.

Having previously designed for several fashion shows, Opaleski feels she is prepared for THREADS.

“I’m expecting it to be somewhat similar to the other shows I’ve done,” Opaleski said. “This is the first show that I’ve done that is all student produced though.”

Opaleski said she is looking forward to seeing what everyone else designed, especially the more fall/winter based, since she has been so focused on spring/summer looks.