Textile Arts Council Lecture: "Textiles, Style, and a Designer’s Evolution"
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Wearable Art Fashion Designer, Suzi Click
Suzi Click’s evolution as a designer of wearable art has been inspired by travels in search of tribal textiles. This talk covers her interest in fashion, from childhood to a 30-year career as designer for manufacturers in the apparel industry, and now to her line of artisan apparel and accessories using ethnic textiles.
She will talk about the milestones in her evolution as a designer, including watching her grandmother sew, being fascinated by fashion, making clothes for dolls with a toy machine, learning how to use commercial patterns and sew with a Singer Touch, making all of her clothes in high school and college, being a fashion reporter for the school newspaper, getting two degrees in Clothing & Textiles from Texas Tech University, and becoming a designer for manufacturers of junior sportswear and jeanswear in Atlanta, New York City, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.
She will talk about her inspirations:
- The art, crafts, and architecture of major cities seen during her travels
- Textiles, especially of a tribal or ethnic nature, that she collected during her travels to weaving communities observing the weavers and dyers of this craft.
- Tribal costume beginning with a special taqsireh jacket that her father brought back from Cairo after World War II before she was born and some others that she has collected and enjoy wearing.
- Strong pattern and embellishment on textiles, especially ikat.
- Asian influences especially the silhouette of the 1920’s that designer Paul Poiret introduced to Western fashion.
- Women who have great personal style, especially Iris Apfel and Frida Kahlo, and some with whom she is honored to be associated with as one of the Advanced Style tribe members. (A weblog, documentary and 2 books by Ari Seth Cohen).
She will show photos from textile travels to weaving villages in Bhutan & Nepal, Southwest China, Indonesia, Burma, Mexico, Uzbekistan, Turkey, and Romania. She will also show some of her designs that use these ethnic textiles and some of her early designs which evolved into her current style. She will explain the design process used to achieve these designs.
Click is a wearable art fashion designer. After receiving her MA in Clothing & Textiles from Texas Tech University in 1972, she spent over 30 years working as a designer in the apparel industry. In 2001 she started SUZI CLICK, her current Artisan Apparel & Accessories line and 2007-2014 TWO GIRLS DANCING–her own fashion jeans wear line. Suzi is also passionate about travel and incorporates globally handmade ethnic textiles from her travels into her wearable art.
Admission: free for current TAC members; $5 for students and members of FAMSF; $10 general admission
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