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I Made It

September 16, 2020
woman standing by a clothing mannequin


Allison Portenier, Cheyenne, Wyo.

Family and Consumer Sciences - Design, Merchandising and Textiles, spring 2020


“This project was designed for my Draping class with Associate Professor Erin Irick. As the final design, we visited the Geological Museum on campus to get inspiration from geology or paleontology. When I saw the mammoth picture on the wall, I knew I had found my inspiration. I really wanted to capture the whole aesthetic of a mammoth with my piece.

I decided to make the skirt resemble the trunk. The different colors of each layer reflect the movement of the trunk. I lined the hems with faux fur to create some texture as the mammoth would have. But what pulled this design together were the antlers that I strategically cut and placed as the straps for the dress. I had a lot of fun making this design and bringing the creativity I had drawn on paper to a polished final product! The most rewarding thing about this project was how it spiked people’s interest and engaged the onlookers to ask questions during our design showcase held at the museum.”

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