Fashion has always been an elusive concept to me.
Although I've always been a creative, I've prided myself on discipline which I attribute to my math and science foundation. Young me (Krissy) always needed answers to the 5 W's, especially: Why? Math and science [were] concrete, stable, had rules, and more importantly [generally] had solutions - my comfort zone. As a resolution-oriented, high-achieving child who was fascinated with STEM, the fashion world seemed like a mystical land of subjective, anonymous, decision-makers that was beyond reach.
My earliest memory of fashion is Gymboree - It feels like I donned every color palette iteration and pattern the brand produced from 1992-2000. Beyond that, during middle and high school, every month or so a Neiman Marcus catalog would arrive in the mail and I would peruse before my CEO mom got ahold of it to order her latest and greatest power suits (usually St. John). My favorite game was, "Wow! Guess how much this/that costs?" [fashion merchandising guru in the making] completely astonished that someone in the world would purchase platform heels for $990. Prada didn't really mean much to a 12 year old me.
I've always felt as though I've had creative control over how I physically present myself to the world. Meticulous by nature and a stickler for details - I relieved my mom from hair duties at the tender age of 7 and would choose a week's worth of school outfits every Sunday so I knew what I'd be wearing in advance. Regardless, it wasn't until college - Shout out to University of Michigan and the largest, living alumni network - that I truly embraced the importance of fashion.
As left-brained activities like studying became increasingly more time consuming, my capacity for right-brained activities like music and dance plummeted --- resulting in an imperative need for a creative outlet. The phenomenon of expressing myself in a non-verbal manner was exciting. Fashion and cosmetics became the only hobby for a stressed out Neuroscience major. In hindsight, I guess my solution to feeling crappy while stuffing my cerebrum was the motto, "look good, feel good".
With that said, I'd like to kick off my Fashion segment featuring a custom piece a fellow Wolverine alumnus, Sydney Tucker, created for me. Shortly after she graduated in May I showed up to her apartment armed with an idea, rough sketch, Levi jean jacket (that had been idly sitting in my closet for years) and numerous tools full-on ready for arts and crafts.
Founded by Sydney just under a year ago, Damsel In Distress (@damselindistress_) has already achieved several notable accomplishments- from being a featured designer in the NOiR S/S 17 Runway show in Ann Arbor to being showcased at the 2017 Denim Day Jeans for Justice Charity Fashion Show which was highlighted in a special segment on the Detroit Channel 7 news. Specializing in custom denim distressing, bleaching, and painting Damsel also creates hand-sewn, completely one/one pieces. No two pieces are made alike...ever!
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