Tell Us About Your Design

Black Longsleeve Cotton dress with cutout sides and high neck. 95% Cotton Jersey, 5% Lycra for resiliency. Recycled copper grommets backed with organza for strength and durability. Waterfalling Burnout Holes created as pattern in between grommets.

Who or What Were Your Biggest Inspirations During This Process?

I’m always in love and obsessed with stories of dark tragedies and much of the stories or inspirations I take in are of surrealistic motifs. I like to create garments where there is a fantasy and where you can have your imagination stirred of where that woman is going. She looks cool, artistic, collected, beautiful and interesting. You’d want to get to know her and what she’s about. I like to display my emphasis on craftiness and unique detailing.
Some fantasies are of Luxury, quality, and travel. A realm created for the wandering traveler, satisfying the wanderlust of industrial discovery: A gypsy-jetset in a gaslight affair, invoking her sentiments and fantasy of industrial idealization.
It is an amalgamation of Victorian aesthetics along with the idea of transition and advancement of travel: the juxtaposition of softness in texture and the architectural construction of garments.

Which Retailer(s) Would You Most Like to Sell Your Design?

PopKiller, Refinery 29, Scoop, Blue & Cream, Barneys, Bergdorfs, Harrods, Saks Fifth Avenue.

Judges’ Rating: 5/5

Judges’ Comments: “I totally LOVE this dress. It is sexy hot without being overtly slutty or oversexed. I love the grommets. They give the dress a gritty, edgy feel that is awesome. My one criticism is that I do not think you need side cutouts on this design. I takes away from the bottom of the skirt. I would buy this in a hot minute!” – Cynthia Smoot

About The Author

Janice Hijin Lee

Janice Lee studied design at The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and Polimoda Istituto Internazionale Fashion Design & Marketing in Florence, Italy. She has been a design and production intern at a variety of fashion houses such as Oscar de la Renta, Germån Valdivia, Truth + Pride, and LORICK NY. Janice would describe her design aesthetic to be very bold, geometric and architectural. She experiments with construction, deconstruction, textures and printwork. With a fine arts, design, and technical background, she intertwines various mediums together to produce wearable art, and also finds herself creating many of her own prints and textiles. It is always an adventure for her to translate abstract ideas into tangible design and art. Janice uses patternmaking, draping and construction techniques such as smocking, origami, and macramé and displays her emphasis on craftiness and unique detailing. She is currently freelance designing, working as a Fashion Illustrator, participating in artist collaborations, exhibits, shows, and a multitude of competitions. Janice is continually working towards growing her portfolio and experimenting with different medias and settings.

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