THREADS Designer Spotlight: Sarah Strudgeon

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.

Photo courtesy of THREADS website.

Sarah Strudgeon, an apparel merchandising and design senior, is passionate about the importance of reducing wastefulness in the apparel industry.

With the increase in fast fashion and brand demand, apparel companies and designers are becoming more wasteful with natural resources, which is negatively impacting the environment.

Strudgeon believes it is important to have awareness of sustainability and be more conscious towards the environment.

Strudgeon’s line was created by using fair traded and sourced fabrics, some of which contain bamboo and hemp fibers, and created one piece by a using a second hand garment.

When sewing, Sturdgeon was also conscious of not being wasteful with her fabric and used as much as she could. She even created a neck piece from her scraps.

She will be creating four sustainable looks for the fall portion of the THREADS fashion show on Saturday, April 16.

Her looks will include a lace T-shirt paired with skinny jeans, a cocktail dress, a gather sleeve sweatshirt with skinny cargos and a floor length cloak.

“I think the person I was designing for is this powerful woman,” Strudgeon said. “It’s kind of minimalistic but something edgy. It’s not over designed and I think that’s the key.”

The key she is talking about is a simple and clean aesthetic, like a couple of her favorite designers, Zac Posen and Marc Jacobs.

She decided to do fall/winter because of the dark and moody feeling of the season. Her collection color palette will include grey, black, plum and some mauve tones.

Since this is her first year designing she will apply for the first year designers award, best fall/winter, best runway presentation, most creative use of fabric and the future fashion entrepreneur.

Coming to Central Michigan University fueled her beliefs on the importance of fair trade and to reduce wastefulness of the industry. That is why Strudgeon continues to exercise her belief and design her environmental conscious collection.

She stated that sustainability is becoming the future of the industry, and that it’s important to reduce environmental impact.