FIDM Fashion Design Student Monique Vang recently designed a prom dress inspired by Michael Jackson in Fashion Club's Prom Design Challenge. It should come as no surprise that Monique is interesting in the costume industry for film or theater! Don't miss our feature story on FashionClub.com to see all the prom looks designed by FIDM Students.
How does your prom design reflect the style of Michael Jackson, your muse? Michael Jackson style is very unique. He usually wore a simple sleek silhouette, adorned with trims and embellishments. So, for my design I decided to have a simple silhouette, asymmetrical, one sleeve with a full circle skirt, but then put a lot of trim on it.
What was your favorite part of the whole process? My favorite part of this project was being able to create what I had envisioned and seeing it come to life exactly the way I wanted. Another element that I enjoyed was the photo shoot, as I have a great interest in film and photography.
What was the most difficult part of the process? The hardest part was time, everyone would have loved if there were more time but it was a deadline we had to meet, therefore we delivered.
What is a lesson you learned by doing this? I learned that even with a small budget you shouldn’t limit yourself because you can still create what you imagined. It might mean tweaking things here and there but ultimately you can still achieve it.
How many hours did you spend on the Prom Design Challenge? Well we had about 5 1/2 weeks to work on the dress. I probably worked around 15-20 hrs, more or less a week, so around 80-100 hrs total.
Where did you source the original garment you used for your design? It was a thrift store on Melrose called American Vintage.
What kind of overall budget did you have? $75 exactly
How much was the original dress? Instead of a dress I bought a bridal corset top, possibly originally from a 2-piece wedding dress for only $7!
What was it like participating in a professional photo shoot, working together with stylists, hair & makeup artists, a photographer, and art director? It was amazing! I’ve always wanted to be a part of fashion photo shoots and see what really goes on behind the scenes and I was able to get a first hand experience so it was wonderful and I would love to do it again!
Anything else you'd like to share? A word to the aspiring designers out there, don’t ever limit yourself and push until you’ve reached where you want to go! I’m cheering for you!
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