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Home : CHA Fashion Show
 
2012 CHA Fashion Show

In 2012, Lion Brand's annual fashion show featured designs by emerging designers and design students from around the world. Lion Brand worked with talented young designers, who created these cutting edge garments around the theme, "Yarn Is Art."

Like the avant-garde runway shows of various fashion houses, the goal of this show was to highlight new ideas and innovative techniques that inspire. These might not be garments you would wear every day, but they show how yarns you find in your local stores can be used in unexpected ways.

Although there are no patterns for these one-of-a-kind pieces, all of the pieces were knit, crochet, and crafted with Lion Brand yarns. Scroll down to learn about the designers and their creations.

To see excerpts from this fashion show, click here for a short video.

Paula Cheng dress

Dress by Paula Cheng

Paula Cheng is currently a graduate student in the inaugural class of the MFA Fashion Design and Society program at the Parsons the New School for Design, where she specializes in research-based designs, deconstructive knitwear and complex free-form draping. Motivated by her obsession with the concept of craft, she uses the process of plying and mixing fibers, metallic hues and feather-like textures and pulling loops into loops to form fabric, texture and ultimately forming structure. As complex as it is simple, it reflects her own journey of what it is to create, to make, to fashion.

Paula's design was made with Fun Fur and Vanna's Glamour.

Gareth Brown sweater

Sweater by Gareth Brown

Gareth Brown is currently studying Fashion Design at Syracuse University. She studied at Parsons Paris on an exchange in 2011. Gareth included fringe and traditional hounds tooth patterning in this chunky sweater.

Gareth used Wool-Ease Thick & Quick to create this design.

Sweater by Tracey Jain

Dress by Tracey Jain

Tracey Jain holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from the University of Washington and earned her Master of Fine Arts in Textile Design from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2009. She finds inspiration in found patterns, both in nature and the urban environment. Fascinated by the endless ways in which a fabric can be constructed, Tracey uses the domestic knitting machine to explore, invent and build new knit structures and fabrics.

This dress was made with Vanna's Choice.

Dress and jacket by Keiichi
              Muramatsu

Dress and Jacket by Keiichi Muramatsu

Keiichi Muramatsu is a Shizuoka-based fashion designer. He launched his own label, Everlasting Sprout, in 2009. Of his design philosophy, Mr. Muramatsu says, "Clothes are the canvas, material is the paint, and the designer creates with unbounded imagination. Let your mind and body enjoy the tone and texture of this unique look. Express yourself and reach out; fashion is a culture."

This ensemble was made with assorted Lion Brand yarns including Amazing, Wool-Ease Thick & Quick, Vanna's Choice, Homespun, and Fun Fur.

Dress and Jacket by Kirsty Emery

Dress and Jacket by Kirsty Emery

Kirsty is a knitwear designer currently living and working in London. She started to develop her style of exaggerated, oversized knits while studying at the Royal College of Art. This outfit was inspired by the geometric patterns found in jali screens from Islamic and Indian architecture. Pillar and web stitch was used on the cardigan to echo the effect of the jali screen, simultaneously hiding and revealing the dress below.

This ensemble was made with Wool-Ease Thick & Quick and Homespun yarns.

Wrap by Adi Yagoda

Wrap by Adi Yagoda

Adi Yagoda is currently a student at Shenkar College of Engineering and Design in Israel. She specializes in knitting using free-form knitting to draw and sculpt. Her piece, conceived while examining the connection between nature and the human body, reflects a tree as a whole from roots to tree top. Using knitting as a bridge between the two worlds, she is mindful of the needs of the human body, while still paying respect to the values of nature.

Adi used assorted Lion Brand yarns including Wool-Ease Thick & Quick, Vanna's Choice, and Fun Fur.

Sweater by Juliana Fadl

Sweater by Juliana Fadl

Juliana Fadl is a student at the Savannah College of Art and Design; she studied at Parsons Paris on an exchange. Juliana's crochet sweater plays with using fringe on the front and back sides with two colors combined for a mottled effect.

This sweater was made with Wool-Ease Thick & Quick.

Jacket by Kirsty Emery

Jacket by Kirsty Emery

Kirsty is a knitwear designer currently living and working in London. She started to develop her style of exaggerated, oversized knits while studying at the Royal College of Art. This piece is based on a garment from Kirsty's MA collection which was inspired by Rothko’s No 21 (Untitled), Studio 54 and Erwin Blumenfeld’s 1950’s fashion photography. The garment is knitted in moss stitch to give the yarn increased body and texture.

This piece was made with Silky Twist yarn.

Sweater by Andrea Gutierrez Coello

Sweater by Andrea Gutierrez Coello

Originally from Spain, Andrea Gutierrez Coello is a design student at Parsons Paris. Andrea created this armor-like top using a giant crochet popcorn stitch for the sleeves.

This top is made with Wool-Ease Thick & Quick.

Dress by Yuki Nakashima

Dress by Yuki Nakashima

 Yuki Nakashima is a Tokyo-based fashion designer. In 2011 she launched her own label. "SUHER." Of her own designs she says, "What is so interesting about knitwear is that you can create many different textures by combining different stitch patterns and yarn."

This dress is made with assorted Lion Brand yarns including Vanna's Choice, Vanna's GlamourFishermen's Wool, and Superwash Merino Cashmere.

Dress by Kirsty Emery

Dress by Kirsty Emery

Kirsty is a knitwear designer currently living and working in London. She started to develop her style of exaggerated, oversized knits while studying at the Royal College of Art. Like her piece above, this piece was inspired by Rothko’s No 21 (Untitled), Studio 54 and Erwin Blumenfeld’s 1950’s fashion photography. A combination of knit and purl stitches are used to create a simple graphic pattern.

This garment was made with Wool-Ease Thick & Quick.

Sweater by Jessica Acosta Lorena

Dress by Jessica Acosta Lorena

Originally from Peru, Jessica Acosta Lorena is currently a design student at Parsons Paris. Jessica mixes traditional and urban inspired patterns in her sweaters. This design features stranded color work, fringe, and a modern silhouette.

This sweater is made with Wool-Ease Thick & Quick.

Vest by Sayana Gonzales Agtseribbe

Vest by Sayana Gonzales Agsteribbe

Sayana Gonzales Agtserribe is from Argentina and currently studies fashion design at Parsons Paris. Sayana's waist-length vest combines asymmetrical elements with tweed patterning and a giant bobble necklace.

Sayana's vest is made with Wool-Ease Thick & Quick.

Dress by Lucy Faulke

Dress by Lucy Faulke

Lucy Faulke specializes in industrial knitting and crocheted textiles, although she also has a passion for graphic illustrations and digital prints. Lucy currently lives and works in London, UK. Utilizing Fishermen's Wool, Lucy has taken inspiration from nature, more specifically from the organic and geometric patina of trees. The work is a synthesis of old techniques with new technologies; Lucy uses graphic design capabilities to enhance and breathe new life into this highly tactile crocheted piece.

This piece is made with Fishermen's Wool.

Wrap by Jemma Sykes

Wrap by Jemma Sykes

Jemma Sykes is a British knitted textile designer for fashion and interiors. Her showpiece, devoid of color, focuses on textured yarn and revisits her constant inspirations of organic skins, symmetry of stitch and exploration of the classic cable, which is combined with hairpin crochet.

Jemma's design was created with Silky Twist, Fun Fur, and Wool-Ease Thick & Quick.

Dress by Elissa Eriksson
Dress by Elissa Eriksson

Elissa Eriksson is a Helsinki based artist and designer. In her works she tries to question the usual ways of looking at things. This piece derives inspiration from geometry. It is a knitted study of how to follow the three dimensional shapes of the human body.

This dress was knit with Fishermen's Wool.
Sweater by Santiago Venegas

Sweater by Santiago Venegas

Santiago Venegas was born in Colombia and moved to New York in 2001 to study fashion design at The Fashion Institute of Technology. Surrounded by professional knitters from a very early age at his family's sweater business, he ultimately specialized in knitwear at F.I.T. Inspired by the fur trend seen on runways around the world, he identified the core design elements such as volume and fluffiness and used them as a guide for his design.

This sweater was created with Fishermen's Wool and Vanna's Choice.

Sweater by Megan Miller

Sweater by Megan Miller

Megan Miller received her BFA in Fashion Design from the California College of the Arts in 2010 and studied at Parsons Paris in 2009. She currently lives and works in San Francisco. Megan's sweater combines knit stripes with a unique silhouette to give this piece interest and movement.

This design features Vanna's Choice yarn.

Dress by Maria Zverin

Dress by Maria Zverin

Maria Zverin recently graduated from Shenkar College of Engineering and Design in Israel. She specializes in knitting and currently teaches first year textile design students. Born in Russia, she was inspired by the Russian winter bird, the Bullfinch sitting on the frozen sorbus. The ice texture, the surrounding snow, the frozen tree, and snowed berries influenced her color choice and knitting techniques. By combining different yarn textures, colors, and techniques, she created a dynamic piece varying in density and opacity.

This piece was made with assorted Lion Brand yarns including Sock-Ease, Homespun, and Fishermen's Wool.

Dress by Heather Orr

Dress by Heather Orr

Heather Orr graduated with an MA from the Royal College of Art in 2009 and currently works as a freelance knitwear and textile designer in London. A fascination with texture and structure leads Heather to create tactile, luxurious, and unconventional fabrics using crochet, hand-knitting, and machine-knitting for application in the fashion industry. Using a crochet technique and rubber hoop inserts, this garment is constructed seamlessly using one continuous stitch. A key factor in Heather's designs is that the fabric dictates the silhouette of the garment. Scale and structure are fundamental components in this design.

Heather's design was made with Cotton-Ease.

 
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