By Adeshola Adigun
Name: Erin Goodman
Major: Fashion Design
Hometown: St. Simons Island, Ga.
District: When did you decide you wanted to pursue a career in fashion?
Erin Goodman: When I was in middle school and began developing my personal style by altering thrifted clothes.
District: What was your inspiration behind your collection?
Goodman: The purpose of my senior collection is to make conceptual clothing accessible. I created six looks inspired from the growth and fluctuation of cells. I used familiar materials such as linen for the base of the garments and created textural surface manipulations with sheer organza strips. Each strip is placed and sewn on individually in order to create visually interesting movement throughout the garment. I collaborated with a metals and jewelry major, Aimee Petkus, to create copper cloche hats that resemble bald heads. Each hat is unique because of the patina used and the shape of the cloche. The hats are made through a process called electro-forming where a mold is made of the hat, it is painted with a solution, and then put into a bath and connected to a plate of copper. The electrical charge is then turned on and what results is the copper molecules transferring over to the hat form. The resulting texture is a bubble like surface that can be polished or painted.
District: What was the most challenging aspect of the senior collection process?
Goodman: I would definitely say the hardest thing I faced was seeing the end product before I was finished. Every designer has a vision that begins in 2D form of an illustration and then must be translated to 3D. The time when the garment is in its mid-production stage and it appears messy and unfinished because you know how it is really intended to look in the end is difficult to see past. I really began to feel proud when I was putting all the finishing touches on the garments and realized I was standing in the light at the end of the tunnel.
District: What are your future plans after graduating?
Goodman: I am moving to NYC to work under a well-known label and eventually begin my own line of creative ventures in the near future.
District: Do you have any advice for future seniors when starting senior collection?
Goodman: You have to see the end result before you physically see it. Keep your vision and allow it to grow but don’t let it diminish or disappear. Stand strong in your concept.
District: Who has been the most influential person when developing your collection?
Goodman: Absolutely my parents and my late grandmother, Sheila Goodman, who passed away from cancer. My parents exposed me to the world of science and biology from a young age and I have always been intrigued by their occupations. In combination with my fascination with scientific subject matter and the idea of doing a tribute collection to a woman who I am told I am very similar to have influenced me to create this senior collection.
District: How do you categorize your design aesthetic?
Goodman: Accessible avant-garde
District: Who would be your dream designer to work alongside?
Goodman: Rei Kawakubo, Rick Owens, or Nicholas Chesquiere from Balenciaga.
District: From your peers, whose collection is your favorite and what designs are you most excited about?
Goodman: I really love all my friend’s collections. Each designer and collection had so many elements to it and were done in a different way. Being able to witness the development of so many creative collections and the process of the individuals that created them was exhilarating. I have never been so motivated and inspired by the people I created my collection alongside. Working alongside fellow creative people fuels you even more and I wont forget the time shared with the individuals in the work room. I have seen them from start to finish and they are all equally amazing and stunning. Derek’s menswear collection is pretty outstanding.
District: Where do you see fashion going in the next five years?
Goodman: Fashion is ever-changing and goes in a cyclical pattern. I think that it is really going to be about disconnecting from technology and focus more on the idea of actually being present in the world we live in. I believe concepts will be based around that idea.Contact Adeshola Adigun.