Sarah Johnson

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 Photography:  Will Crooks

Photography: Will Crooks

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Sarah examines the interaction of fine art, craftsmanship and the female experience within artistic eras to fuel her creative process. Her attention to construction utilizes curvilinear pattern-cutting and tailored volume to move around and with the feminine form, not to define or constrain it. Her designs are constructed in richly-colored natural fabrics treated with care and luxury, every closure and finishing meticulous, interiors as beautifully considered as exteriors. She empowers feminine design through the application of historic reference to assert garment-making as a form of engineering, creating clothes that are highly-crafted, thoughtful and one-of-a-kind.

Following graduation, she was chosen to represent Kent State as one of seven national finalists to create an eveningwear collection for the 10th Anniversary of the Supima Design Competition, shown at Pier 59 Studios for NYFW, and at the Petit Palais for Paris Fashion Week, and featured in Vogue Italia

Experience

Billiam Jeans | Greenville, SC

Freelance Designer (March 2018 - July 2018)

Collaborated with creative director to develop a line of women's cut-and-sew knits using Supima jersey crafted in a local mill. Designed, pattern-drafted, sampled and produced a run of styles for F/W 2018 product launch.

Rosie Assoulin | New York, NY

Production and Design Intern (Jan. - Aug. 2016)

Assisted with NYFW F/W 2016 and Resort 2016 presentations through coordination of sample development with domestic factories, sourcing fabric and trim from domestic vendors and styling models for presentation.
Developed patterns and technical specs for garments involving Swarovski application, collection launch and private orders.
Organized collections and patterns for archiving.
Executed quality control for garment production.

BEIJA FLOR JEANS | GREENVILLE, SC

DESIGN INTERN (June - Aug. 2015)

Designed and coordinated the production of denim skirts with factories in Brazil for S/S 2016, to be sold at the flagship store and in Bloomingdale's.
Managed data with Excel and oversaw database transition.
Revamped digital materials with updated graphics and modernized client involvement through Google Forms.

Skills

12 Years Sewing Experience

Flat Pattern | Draping | Couture Sewing Techniques

Fashion Illustration | Hand & Digital Flat Sketching

Tech Packs | Design & Trend Research

Adobe Creative Suite | Microsoft Office

Optitex Pattern-Making Software | Tajima 6D Embroidery Software

Education

Kent State University | 2013-2017

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design

Minor in Art History

Dean’s List | GPA 3.95
NYC Studio Study Program | 2016
Florence, Italy Study Abroad Program | 2015

Accolades 

Supima Design Competition Finalist | 2017

Best Couture / Conceptual B.F.A. Collection at Kent State Fashion School’s Annual Fashion Show: FS2 | 2017

YMA National Fashion Scholarship Fund Recipient | 2016