The Western Herald sits down with junior, Textile and Apparel Studies major, Stephany Sheppard.
Q.What got you started with sewing?
A. I started sewing when I was 16. I had done a ton of prep work for the stictchers for a school musical and one of the moms offered to help me make my prom dress that year.
Q.What has been you favorite creation to date? What were some of the challenges you encountered while making the piece?
A.Picking a favorite creation is like picking a favorite child. However I have an eggplant silk charmeuse with a red chiffon overlay that is a long Grecian gown that I am particularly fond of.
It has these huge opera wings that fall from my shoulders to the floor and it just feels great on. In making it the setting the pleats all just right took a good while.
The other challenge was getting to proportion or the top of the shoulder to be right so it didn’t look too full in the front.
Q. If you could live in any time period what would it be and why?
A. My current time period obsession is the 19-teens. The fashions from this time have this beautiful “s” shape to them. The beadwork and corsets are just to die for.
Q.Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10?
A..In 5 years I see myself working in a historic community working reproductions or in a costume shop.
In 10 years I hope to be over seas doing much the same with angel costumes, they are a well-known historical costume shop for film and TV
Q.What are some of your favorite trends you want to come back in style?
A.I try not to think in trends, I like to blend what is trendy with what I personally feel is best for my shape and what I think looks best as long as the current trend is not sequins and glitter I am a happy camper
Q.Do you think it’s true that styles and trends are in a constate cycle of popularity? Why?
A.It is absolutely true that fashion always repeats itself. Any top and pant is firmly routed in the past with a twist to make it fit the modern ecstatic.