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My senior thesis collection, the culmination of many years of blood, sweat and tears in the fashion design program. Read more

Kent, OH Fashion
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My senior thesis collection, the culmination of many years of blood, sweat and tears in the fashion design program.

Kent, OH Fashion
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R. Michael Pennick
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The Collection

Eclosion is a vision of my own world/culture/tribe, with a balance of comfort and freedom. Comfort comes in the form of structured leather jackets with wrapping designs or style-lines that hug the body to give a sense of security, juxtaposed with free-flowing draped jersey dresses that erupt from under the leather and wool pieces.

Eclosion comes from the act of a caterpillar splitting the cuticles of the cocoon and flowing out in the form of a butterfly. Eclosion is also a metaphor for my journey through Fashion Design, going through ups and downs in school and learning, molding and refining my perspective.

Last semester, I completed all muslins for the looks, and they look GREAT! After winter break we are heading into the final semester, when in two months we'll make any final changes or tweaks to the garments and then make them all in final fabric. (Below you can see sneak peak images of the muslins, but not all of them ... I have to keep some surprises for the show.)

Asymmetric split-back vest & cut-away draped jersey dress muslins *LOOK 1*
Asymmetric split-back vest & cut-away draped jersey dress muslins *LOOK 1*
Draped Jersey Dress Muslin, to be made out of soft black Cupro Jersey *LOOK 4*
Draped Jersey Dress Muslin, to be made out of soft black Cupro Jersey *LOOK 4*
specialty OverLock leather stitching, used for all leather seaming
specialty OverLock leather stitching, used for all leather seaming

Flat sketches for the first three looks
Flat sketches for the first three looks

Flat sketches for the last outfits
Flat sketches for the last outfits
Leather and wool fencing trench *look 4*
Leather and wool fencing trench *look 4*

About The Designer

Eager to get into the fashion industry, I decided to moved to New York City for the summer, after my sophomore year in design, to get a fresh prospective and pursue an internship with one of my favorite labels, design trio ThreeASFOUR. Landing this amazing internship really exposed me to the fast pace of the industry, and it also gave me a new perspective and philosophy on design, moving me away from the more traditional approaches to design I was taught in school. It was also at ThreeASFOUR that I took part in creating specialty prints, which I was able to see come to life in the Spring 2012 collection and the pieces that are on sale now at their website NOW!.

After returning to Kent, OH, I knew I had to get back to New York City the next chance I had. That chance came in my junior year of the design program, when I enrolled in the New York study program. The opportunity allowed me to take my semester's classes at The Kent State Fashion School's New York studio. During my eight-month stay in the city, I obtained an internship with the up-and-coming label INAISCE. This time around, I worked even closer to both the design and production processes. Becuase I was one of three in the studio for most of my time there, I worked very closely with the designers, learning all that I could. In addition, because I was so close with the designers, I was able to improve my pattern-making and construction skills by working with their unique patterns every day. I was also in direct contact with the New York factories regularly, which helped me to overseeing general production.

Your Rewards

Along the side you can see a listing of rewards. Below I also included a photo of the tank dress. Both the twist back and regular tank dress have the same front, but the regular tank has a closer fit.

The mens tank is a boxier fit, one that I love and wear every day. I made myself manyu of them, and I also get so many compliments on them.

Also, you will see the rewards date is set for May or June. This is because, until the collection is finished, I will have no spare time to work on the rewards and want everyone to receive their rewards as expected.

Tank Dress
Tank Dress
Jersey Twist-Back Tank Dress
Jersey Twist-Back Tank Dress

The Funds

-About $200 will go toward printing the digitally engineered prints in my collection.
-$1000 will go to sewing supplies, fabrics (cupro jersey, wool, suede and a lot of leather!)
-$500 to print and put together lookbooks and a portfolio of my work
-$85 to cover the 5% Kickstarter & Amazon Fees
This Project Fund doesn't include any breathing room as far as finishing details go, so any additional funding past goal would be greatly appreciated and is encouraged!

Fabrics needed
Fabrics needed

Any funds left over would go toward creating accessories, adding the right shoes for the show or even increasing the quality of fabrics I use to send the collection over the edge.

This collection has to be perfect, and after completing muslins for most of the garments, I know it will be amazing. However, funding is definitely key in making this collection the best it can be by using the right fabrics.

And, please, tell everyone you know!!

Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook and even pigeon carriers - anything to get the word out!

Warm regards and many thanks,

Michael Pennick

Music: Little Dragon -Twice (MNTIS Rework)

Download can be found here at SOUNDCLOUD

Risks and challenges

Mainly the only challenges are dealing with the fact that I have about two months to complete my collection, and with a full class schedule, it will be challenging at times. Time management will be the greatest key for this project.

While most of the development work for these garments is complete, the only other challenge could come with transitioning to final fabrics. I have worked with most of them, but others I have not.

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Rewards

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $25 or more
    About $25 USD

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    Signed Thank You PostCard W/ my Illustrations or Custom Cocoon Print.

    +Pledgers will be listed on my site

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    Pledge $50 or more
    About $50 USD

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    Full Collection Illustrations 11X17 Print on High gloss paper
    Signed

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    Pledge $100 or more
    About $100 USD

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    2 Signed Thank You Cards W/ my Illustrations and Custom Cocoon Panel Print (I Created) on reverse side
    + Elk Leather USB/Lighter Holder made by Me
    +Pledgers will be listed on my site

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    Pledge $150 or more
    About $150 USD

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    Signed Thank You Cards W/ my Illustrations or Custom Cocoon Panel Print (I Created) on reverse side + Elk Leather USB/Lighter Holder
    + Tank Dress (or Mens Tank available)
    +Pledgers will be listed on my site

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    Pledge $225 or more
    About $225 USD

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    Signed Thank You Cards W/ my Illustrations or Custom Cocoon Panel Print (I Created) on reverse side + Elk Leather USB/Lighter Holder
    + Draped Twistback Long Tank Dress
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    Pledge $350 or more
    About $350 USD

    1 backer

    Signed Thank You Cards W/ my Illustrations or Custom Cocoon Panel Print (I Created) on reverse side
    + Custom Cocoon Print Leggings
    +Pledgers will be listed on my site

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    Pledge $875 or more
    About $875 USD

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    Signed Thank You Cards W/ my Illustrations or Custom Cocoon Panel Print (I Created) on reverse side
    + An outwear piece from the collection in super soft, full-grain ELK leather

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Funding period

- (25 days)