By Andie Day

Baylor seniors present their own design collections

Pictured: Photographs by Jeff Jones Photography, jeffjonesphoto.com

Each spring, Baylor’s apparel design and product development majors spend months designing, patterning and sewing a collection of original garments. The collections range from streetwear to bridal to formalwear. The finished garments display the unique creative vision of each individual designer. The design process involves many a late night in Baylor’s apparel design studio and ends with a spring fashion show held on Baylor campus. The original pieces created by this year’s 11 seniors will appear on the runway at the Baylor Fashion Show April 14 during two shows at 3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase through Baylor Student Activities. We got to preview three of the collections that will be featured in the fashion show. Read on to meet the creative minds behind the designs and find out what inspired them.

Madison Mortimer

Hometown: Scottsdale, Arizona
Favorite Designer: Carolina Herrera
Dream Job: I want to start my own brand that, in addition to creating beautiful clothing for the modern woman, funds a nonprofit which would focus on encouraging, empowering and educating at-risk youth.
Collection: “My collection, Golden State of Mind, is inspired by the idea of Big Sur by day, San Francisco by night. The colors and textures found in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park in Big Sur influenced my textiles, but the garments themselves are intended for a vibrant, social woman who isn’t afraid of turning heads in a bustling city environment.”

Kyle Eklof

Hometown: Des Plaines, Illinois
Favorite Designer: Zuhair Murad
Dream Job: Creative director
Collection: “My collection of formalwear was inspired by a poem by Julie Andrews [titled ‘Wildflowers’]. One thing I know is that life can be tough, but it can also be wonderful. I wanted my collection to represent that dichotomy and the grace in being able to see the beauty in life regardless of circumstance. My woman is strong, confident and brave in the face of adversity. Just like a wildflower, she is fierce and free.”

Model: Emily Gackstatter

Ling Ni

Hometown: Fuzhou, Fujian, China
Favorite Designer: Alexander Wang, Virgil Abloh
Dream Job: To collaborate with my favorite designers
Collection: “Primarily focusing on street style with the freedom and careless attitude streetwear presents, visible through the mix of different textiles. Another goal for the collection is to communicate gender, blurring gender lines.”

Model: Abena Ofori