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Dawn Michaelson


Michaelson is a freelance apparel designer from Southern California where she was a featured fashion designer at the inaugural Orange County Fashion Week in 2011. Her design work was invited for a special exhibit on fabric manipulation at the Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles in Berkeley, CA March 8 – October 4, 2014. Her designs have been accepted at the International Textile and Apparel Association (2012-2013), Auburn University’s Creative Scholarship Research Week (2014), and American Sewing Expo Fashion Show (2010) where she won First Place in the Natural Fibers Contest. In 2015, she received a MS in Consumer and Design Sciences and is working on her doctoral degree.

The innovative use of surface embellishment and deconstruction techniques is an organic creation of a dress inspired by a microscopic cross selection of a walnut tree. Novelty yarns were applied to bring out hues and shades while the use of the crisscross chain stitching technique added texture and depth. This also symbolized the plants vascular pathways for tree growth. Holes, supported with crocheted rings, were deconstructed along the neckline and hemline and then yarn fringe was added. This project promotes inspiration as a portal to exploring innovative ways to use embellishment and deconstruction techniques in our discipline.

Crisscrossing Nature, surface embellished knit dress, dress form 60” x 14” x 9”, 2015

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