Sketch of Balenciaga coats by Amanda Linder
In 2006 I received a faculty development grant, which enabled me to travel to Paris for the Otis fashion design department. I was one of five instructors selected to go at the invitation of Pamela Golbin, curator of the Musée des Arts Decoratifs, for fashion Designer Cristobal Balenciaga's retrospective.
After a tour like that I will never be the same teacher again. I will always be a better instructor than before. I have seen some of the most complicated, cerebral construction fashion history has to offer. I now approach my students’ designs with much more avant-garde construction and stress the importance of a light hand more than ever to achieve the illusion of simplicity. The tour I was given at the Louvre affects every aspect of my teaching from the basics of construction to ways to match a print and especially how to choose the right fabric.
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