Nobody I know would ever think I was going to help create fashion...and neither did I. But for the past nine months I have been working with a local Kansas City designer, Heidi Herrman to create a series of dresses that embody iconic images of Kansas City. She came to me and discussed the idea, wanting to somehow use photographs I took to be printed on the fabrics. I was excited and nervous all at the same time. I wondered how I would make these iconic Kansas City things translate onto something someone would want to wear. I didn't want it to be just my photograph on fabric, I wanted it to be more artistic. So I spent many hours trying different things with the images...making collages, transforming parts of the photo to be placed somewhere else in the photo and so on. So we forged ahead, and created an initial 5 dress line for the West 18th Street Fashion Show in June. Before that show, I had a thought....wouldn't it be great to photograph the dresses with their Kansas City Icon? Heidi and I both agreed that would make for some great imagery. You can find those five dresses with their icons in the September issue of KC Magazine. For that shoot we enlisted a local milliner, Amina Wyrick Hood to add some extra style to the outfits.
Now we didn't want to stop with just 5 designs, we came up with 5 more dresses. All of the 10 designs will be shown at Kansas City Fashion Week in September at Union Station. Come out to that event, you will get to see some great fashion, and enjoy some Kansas City Icons.