Name: Lina Fedirko, 22. Pratt Institute – School of Art and Design, 4th year thesis project 2010.
– specialism: Fashion Womenswear.
My undergraduate pursuit of a fashion design degree was my first venture into the design world. I got my passion for fashion design from my grandmother, who was a seamstress and whom I spent a lot of time with as a child.
I gained all my industry experience in the last four years while I was studying.
What was the most valuable you learned before starting at your education?
Throughout high school I concentrated on embracing and developing my fine art skills, which helped me create a strong portfolio and later get accepted to one of the top design schools in USA, Pratt.
My collection is inspired by two concepts/ideas. First is the idea of Suprematism, which was created by Malevich in regards to his paintings. Suprematism is the idea of capturing spirituality within material realm and with the help of material things. The second inspiration comes from my fascination with Scandinavian design esthetic, Swedish Modernism/Functionalism in particular.
In turn, Seamless Aim is a line of clothing items that attempt to capture pure spirituality, by engaging the wearer’s creative senses and thus elevating the clothing’s purpose and meaning. The collection is released from the technique of binding patterns with seams, instead each item is made on one flat pattern which is shaped a certain way to create appropriate effect. This conceptual approach elevated the collection to purity and modernism of its form and its appearance.
The collection is also meant to serve as an emblem for eco-luxury, as it’s made from all organic fabrics and embellished with vintage clock hands and vintage watch gears.
Where do you get inspiration from in general?
Most of my inspiration comes from Scandinavian design esthetics, and not necessarily in fashion, but in industrial and architecture design. I’m driven to create things that are clean, clever, efficient and timeless.
How is your process when you design?
My design process starts with an endpoint, and then entails me tracking back in logical order.
What do you find most difficult about the design process?
Applying CradleToCradle design criteria.
What are your strenghts?
Conceptual approach to design, and designing through patterns as opposed to illustrations.
Describe your collection with three words?
Innovative, clever, versatile.
What techniques did you use:
I appliquéd all the clock hands and watch gears by hand.
Which machines did you use to create your collection?
I used industrial sewing machine for all my designs.
Do you have a technical or conceptual approach to designing?
Which garment was most difficult to make?
All the garments had the same level of difficulty, it was just the matter of time it took to produce each.
Which garment took the longest to make?
The dress took me the longest as it was the biggest pattern piece
Which garment is your favorite?
My favorite is the Curve the Flow TOP. It has the most visually pleasing flat pattern as well as most interesting movement on a wearer.
How long did you work on this project?
6 months, counting from first sketch idea to the last stitch.
What designers inspire you?
Comme des Garcons, Gareth Pugh, and Victor&Rolf
Why did you choose Pratt Institute?
Pratt is well known and well respected among industry professionals, and it’s located in one of the fashion capitals of the worlds. The decision to attend was easy, and my acceptance was well earned.
What did you think of the education?
I think the education I received at Pratt was very industry driven, meaning students are equipped with skills that will lend them profitable positions in the industry. This aspect is great and quite useful, however I do believe the school should offer courses that develop a more conceptual approach to design.
Which fellow students would you like to highlight?
I admire Rayneese Primrose for her exceptional creativity and skill in costume design. She will without a doubt shape into a costume designer for the most visually elaborate productions in the future.
Why do you want to be a designer?
I’ve actually come a long way since wanting to be a designer. My life aspirations have changed, and I desire to become a reformer of the fashion industry rather than just a designer. I want to inspire efficient and sustainable design and not contribute to any of the problems created by the industry.
What was your childhood dream job?
It’s quite funny actually, my parents used to laugh because I always told them when I was little that I would own a store and sew clothes at night and sell them during the day. I guess I didn’t think I would ever need to sleep once I got older.
With one word, what is your best quality?
What are your plans for the future?
I plan to pursue graduate studies in a different field. I got accepted to New School University in NYC for Masters of Science in Urban Policy Analysis and Management. I will receive education and skills to analyze business structures and provide sustainable consulting. I hope to use these skills to them infiltrate the corporate fashion houses and provided them with consulting on how to be more sustainable.
Will you be selling your project collection?
I will not be selling my collection. A few pieces will go to my good friends, and the rest fit me so I will be wearing them!
Where can we find more information on you?
Visit my blog SingleAim.wordpress.com
I would love to hear any collaboration ideas, etc. So please don’t hesitate to email me at