My name is Nathan Haberthy and I am currently a sophomore student studying Fashion Design at the prestigious Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP) program at the University of Cincinnati. Cut And Sewn, the atelier manufacturer and sheer force behind this blog, recently hired me at the beginning of 2016 as an intern designer this spring. Therefore I thought it only necessary to introduce myself considering I’ll be one of the many voices to guide up coming posts and fashion news regarding our collection as well as popular brands or industry topics over this spring.
As a fashion enthusiast and beginner in the design field I am always on the hunt for what fulfills the growing hunger of “the new” while holding roots reminiscent of our past. The realm of avant garde tends to abduct my own aesthetic when combined with the glamour that mixes modern with the extravagant couture world.
Besides going on about some of my favorite designers I think it’s interesting to talk about one of my biggest inspirations and how it works accordingly with my other colleagues at Cut And Sewn. The thing that truly opens my eyes not only to pop culture influences as well as fashion telling a story is actually the drag scene. Drag, for those who do not know, is a theatrical art manifestation in the performance realm whereby a man typically dresses up in opposite gender role costume for entertainment purposes. This I find highly interesting considering today it has been capitalized upon in movies and club scenes with flashy costumes and character displays but mainly because history has taught us either through Greeks, Romans, and throughout European past that men were only allowed to play woman roles when telling stories. When looking at the bigger picture, this source of entertainment and creativity, takes fashion to a whole new level by speaking to femininity, storytelling, and turning the average soft good materials into something extraordinary!
How does this tie into my internship!? Easily! The Cut And Sewn team focuses on turning over fashion from old to new and by reversing the process from new to old; in other words transforming classics into modernity and the trending future into vintage pieces. As a designer I am excited about my journey alongside well-grounded individuals who know how to manipulate their ideas into what the public might find attractive. Fashion is a force and can take root anywhere; even from the novelty of drag!
Until next time – Be Bold. Be Inspired,
Nathan at Cut And Sewn