Meredith Acton, the M.F.A in Fashion Design student showed her Spring 2012 collection in the Academy of Art University Fashion Show. Before pursing her M.F.A in Fashion Design in Academy of Art University, Meredith Acton interned at Michael Azu London, Hasbro, and the Boston Ballet. Her collection was inspired by Lewis Hine’s photography of child labors in the early 1900s. She transformed these sad photographs into beautiful women’s wear successfully.
Meredith’s clever idea came on the consistency and unite of color combination. The whole collection was made up of white, cream, and beige. These child-labor-inspired colors made the collection look totally innocent. The longer silhouettes and oversized garments mixed with structured pieces made the clothes both trendy and wearable. One of the most amazing points of the collection is the dresses. All dresses are beautifully draped by using delicate fabrics included silk-georgette, chiffon, and seersucker. For creating the exact colors she want, Meredith transformed the colors of her fabrics herself. During the dying process, she used different teas to take colors such as bright pink to off-white and create soft Swiss dot prints.
After reviewing the whole collection, you might found that Meredith is similar with Phoebe Philo in some parts. Both of them like the simple clean silhouette and clean shape. But Meredith prefers more distinctly feminine clothes rather than Phoebe Philo’s boyish style. But because all piece have similar silhouettes with each other, it is difficult for audience to find the focal points by using the neutral colors even though the color group really reflect her inspiration and the innocent world she want to create.
Even though all of us are talking about the boyish style right now, it is glad to see the comeback of feminine clothes. Actually, the innocent femininity never retired from the fashion world because the soft and sweet women are always the classic image of women.