For some designers, developing menswear garments can really feel narrow as well as restricting. Keenan Ferguson isn’t among them.
Rather, the fashion style elderly– who graduates this month– sees a chance to make use of the typical craft and style of menswear to explore ideas of masculinity in vogue.
” [I intend to] produce clothing for a brand-new generation of forward-thinking individuals,” he claims. “I don’t think we ought to simply proceed using the same blazer, the exact same set of pants for one more a century.”
This believed procedure is shown in a collection of garments Ferguson is creating during his final term. In Speculative Tailoring, Ferguson is crafting a coat and also assuming regarding capability. By relocating the jacket’s vents to the front of the garment, he enables the wearer to place their hand in their pocket without the jacket bunching.
In another special topics course, he is exploring his Scottish ancestry in a satin garment with a crest and also pearl describing suggested to represent concepts of heritage and family.
“I was questioning what [menswear] methods, as well as what does it indicate to add a strand of pearls to a men’s look,” he claims. “Broadening what is normal for a man to wear, yet additionally maintaining some things rooted in practice. There’s a nice balance.”
Ferguson claims his job this semester constructs on his recent summertime in New york city City, where he interned for three arising menswear tags: Rowing Blazers, Bode, and Floral designer.
A typical week would include two days at Rowing Blazers where he focused on the technological manufacturing side, creating mock-ups, colorways as well as technical illustrators. Next, he would certainly invest 2 days at the Bode workshop discovering the procedure of in-house cutting and also tasting, and also repairing vintage textiles. He liquidated the week at Flower shop, where he discovered just how to cut and also create a variety of bag silhouettes.
The internships also contributed to Ferguson’s other passion in fashion: advocating for lasting as well as fair-trade practices in the fashion business. It’s a passion Ferguson grew after getting a global research study grant to invest a summer season in a remote location of the Netherlands, dealing with Dutch textile musician Claudy Jongstra.
Ferguson claims the experience was a lesson in conscious production throughout the layout procedure, from resources to the last item.
“She had a real respect for typical craft– from the means we very carefully carded the woollen sheared from her flock of lamb, to the means we naturally dyed the material, and also inevitably just how she crafted her natural felted fabrics,” he says. “In several ways, my process aims to simulate that method of aware, round creation.”
This term, Ferguson had the ability to apply sustainable layout methods to his own work by using remnants from past season garments generated at Rowing Blazers.
“As an arising participant of the industry,” he says, “I think it’s my responsibility to support for lasting, fair-trade practices that value the 40 million garment workers all over the world, and the environment we stay in.”
Ferguson could soon have that possibility. After graduation, he prepares to go back to New york city as well as grab where he ended in August.
“It just seems like that’s the ideal area, the best following step,” he claims, “as well as we’ll simply see where that takes me.”