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MODA Designer Profiles: Makenzie Coker

MODA Designer Profiles: Makenzie Coker

Every year, the MODA Fashion Show wraps up winter quarter with the perfect homage to student talent, hard work and creativity. In anticipation of the show, we will be interviewing MODA Designers. Meet Makenzie Coker, a 4th year History/Medieval Studies major and Norwegian minor.

1. What are some sources of inspiration for your collection this year?

I was really interested in the look of 18th century formalized undress, and I wanted to see if you could modernize it while keeping it's roots recognizable.

Highlights from Makenzie's moodboard

Highlights from Makenzie's moodboard

2. Have you ever done fashion design work before? What are some of the most challenging and rewarding aspects of the process? 

This is my third year designing for MODA, and I also like to sew for myself when I have time. For me there's almost always a point in a big project where you've started but things aren't really coming together yet and it can be easy to lose sight of the goal, but you've just got to push through that. I always find it incredibly rewarding to be able to hold a thing that you made from scratch. There's something incredibly powerful in realizing that you can take your imaginings and give them concrete form.

3. What are you looking forward to most about the MODA Fashion Show?

I love getting to see everyones finished designs on the runway. You get to see bits and pieces of them but its still a big reveal to see all the beautiful, crazy things people make. 

All images via Makenzie Coker.

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