Rose Allard '14

I learned to explore color, and was encouraged to think and work big.

Rose Allard bears the distinction of being the first person to graduate from MECA&D with a BFA in Textile & Fashion Design. Her thesis collection, Finnwear:  Sisu Coats, was inspired by her Finnish grandmother.

"Growing up with an insatiable love for sewing, fibers, art and clothing, the Textile & Fashion Design Department, which began my Junior year at MECA&D, could not have come at a better time for me. This program fused the knowledge of textiles with design and construction of garments, all while encouraging a personally charged studio practice, and emphasizing the importance of color theory and drawing."

"I learned to explore color, and was encouraged to think and work big. It was incredible to have 24 hour access to such diverse equipment.  From large scale silk screen units for printing yardage of fabric, to dyes, looms, and sewing and knitting machines. I so loved learning the science of each fiber, from wool to bamboo and everything in between, and how to best utilize their characteristics.  I take this information with me always, and see the world with new eyes. Not only did we learn about the fibers, we worked with them as well. Creating an entire textile from scratch is a momentous achievement. To then use it for a garment, and be able to have a conversation about it in relation to the body felt like a gift, a dream come true."

"I am inspired everyday by pattern, color and what’s in the air.  This program fosters an open mind, and wide eyes to the possibility around you. Textiles are not just clothing and fabrics, they are what we live in, relate to and interact with constantly. I was challenged to explore that, to have fun with it. Now as an alum I am able to connect to the world in so many ways. Through fiber, fabric production, garment construction, and through knowledge of process and equipment.  It is because of all this I am able to do what I love most, work in the community teaching classes and working with others, sharing a love for textile and the experience of making."