The Fashion Emphasis at UC Davis focuses on construction, design development, Academic design research, and textile design.
Designing in Davis '08 - '10
At UC Davis the senior students are given the option of creating a "capstone" collection of four to six looks. This very involved and time consuming process is an invaluable experience for the designers. Months are devoted to the research and development of the collections. Miquette wished to spend her junior year abroad at Central St. Martins School of Art and Design in London and saw that completing a collection would be something her portfolio would need to be considered. She was excepted to attempt a collection as a sophomore due to an already competitive portfolio. She focused her research on the equal representation of strength and fragility in the male and female body using 1960's Mod fashion as a vehicle. After the collection was completed Miquette heard back from Central St. Martins and was accepted to study her first choice of mens wear as an abroad student in the 2010-11 school year.
To strengthen her application to Central St. Martins, Miquette decided to create a conceptual collection to counter balance her Mod inspired collection and demonstrate her breadth of design. The inspiration of this collection was deserts from all across the globe. The sketches started out as many different photographs collected of deserts. The photos were then cut into their individual garment shapes and tacked onto a croquis. Miquette then processed them in the computer for better visual communication. The collection is posted below:
This organization offers an award between $1000 - $5000 for designers that execute an interview suit for themselves. Designers submit a sketch and five are chosen to create their design and be judged infront of a panel and recieve their respective scholarship. Miquette competed in 2009 and won a fourth place scholarship of $2000. The next year she took everything learned from the amazing experience the year pervious and won first place in her home town. Her use of digitally printed fabrics inspired by San Diego gave her a very competitive edge. Fabric images in textile work gallery above. More at:
From Mod to Now: Making Fashion History Relevant
Spring 2010 Collection -
Shifting Sands: A Study of Two Things Found Around the World -
A knowledge of textile design widens the designers options for visual communication. The required Dye Lab classes offer both a structured instruction on techniques and space for the designers to experiment. Below are examples of Miquette's work created both in the Dye Lab classes and in her own time.
Hispanic Organization of Colleges and Universities Design Your Future Scholarship Competition 2010 -