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Get Inspired by Art: Design Challenge Winners Revealed

Threads #185, June/July 2016

Tricia Crockett

In Threads #185 (June/July 2016), we presented the five winning garments from our annual challenge to the Association of Sewing and Design Professionals. In this challenge, we asked the designers to create a sheath dress inspired by a work of art. The results were stunning, but we weren’t able to show you the masterpieces that served as inspiration.

Below, you’ll find links to those pieces, which range from paintings to collage to film. Congratulations to our winners!

Tricia Crockett: Best Overall

Tricia was inspired by the paintings of German artist Gerhard Richter.

View Tricia’s art inspiration by clicking here.

Tricia Crockett

Susan Widawski: Best Construction

Susan looked to imagery from the 1967 film To Sir with Love.

Follow this link to see Susan’s inspiration.

Susan Widawski

Barbie McCormick: Most Creative Interpretation

Barbie captured the effects of sunlight on water in Claude Monet’s Water Lilies paintings.

Learn more about Barbie’s art inspiration.

Barbie McCormick

Debby Spence: Most Successful Adaptation:

Debby created a stunning, wearable version of Henri Matisse’s paper cutout La Vis.

Find out what artwork inspired Debby to create this colorful dress.

Debby Spence

Linda McCoy: Audience Choice

Linda combined printed silk and black lace to convey the beauty of stained-glass windows in the National Cathedral, Washington, DC.

See the beautiful stained glass windows that inspired Linda’s dress.

Linda McCoy

Which is your favorite? If you were participating in the challenge, what would your inspiration be?


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  1. JW2015 | | #1

    Awesome, you guys are so creative!! I wish I could do stuff like this. I adore the structured pink one.

  2. Ashtonjames | | #2

    i love that 1st one and black dress design

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    ChelseaConway | | #3

    I love the Barbie McCormick's one, this sunlight on water look is awesome!

  4. Ashtonjames | | #4

    astonishing pattern.

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    MarisolHackett | | #5

    its great

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    devinkoblas | | #6

    i like orange color!!

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    DorisNorris | | #7

    wow!! i like pink dress

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    KeithSmith | | #8

    i like all dresses

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    WesleyParks | | #9

    fabulous design

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    ArmandLewis | | #10

    like it

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