By Emma Weidmann | Personal editor
On Friday afternoon, fashion and interior design students gathered in the Barfield Drawing Room of the Bill Daniels Student Union building to showcase their clothing collections and interior design concepts.
Aldrian Widjaja, senior of Round Rock, presented his collection of clothing titled “American Dynasty”, inspired by his Indonesian and Chinese heritage, as well as his experience as an immigrant in America. Widjaja, who came to the United States as a sophomore, wanted to show this side of himself using fashion.
“I wanted to merge these two influences, the Indonesian and the Chinese in me and also the American side. Coming here when I was very little, I saw myself through this perspective and wanted it to be reflected in my designs,” Widjaja said. “I think fashion can be used as a bridge between two cultures and it’s something you don’t need to have a common language to speak. It is something that everyone can understand. »
His entire collection took him 100 hours per semester of studio and classroom time, Widjaja said. This included creating patterns (the measuring and cutting of the pieces that make up each garment), mock-ups (almost like a rough draft of the garment, using the new pattern to cut pieces out of a different fabric to test it out), fittings and the seam itself. It takes as long to create a collection like this as it was Widjaja’s first time using Batik, Indonesia’s national fabric. It’s a delicate fabric, so he had to make sure everything was perfect.
“It was really fun to work with and it made me feel a lot closer to my Indonesian heritage because it’s something you would see on the tracks in Jakarta, so it was really good to bring it here,” Widjaja said.
Widjaja said his designs were liberating because he was able to express how fashion was one of the first things he bonded with his friends when he came to America.
Tyler senior Evelyn Felipe is an interior design student whose software development business concept stood out among many other presentations. Inspired by the Kentucky Derby, Felipe’s project blended country-western influence with the modern vibe of the company, Keeneland Development Labs. The company is based in Lexington, Kentucky, so it’s fitting that one of the state’s most popular attractions is the inspiration for the interior design concept.
Felipe incorporated conference tables shaped like horseshoes and racetracks, but also incorporated the famous horse race in other ways. She used the iconic fashion of the derby to influence its color palette of bright pastels.
“I found fashion artwork and that’s where I got a lot of the color inspiration,” Felipe said.
A painting on his presentation board showed just that – a sea of frilly wide-brimmed hats in salmon, tangerine, cerulean and buttercup yellow.
Felipe highlighted other subtle nods to the famous horse race in his presentation, such as horse-print wallpaper as an accent wall, as well as unique light fixtures and wooden flooring.
“As it was a software development company, I didn’t want it to be a super western,” Felipe said. “I wanted to do something a little more modern.