This Student Project Grant Winner Reveals Her Capsule Collection

FEB 22, 2019

What do you get when you combine the creativity of a Rhode Island School of Design apparel design student, the Spoonflower Student Project Grant and a nod to a childhood filled with dress up and doll clothes? A whimsical capsule collection from Zoe Grinfeld, one of the Fall 2018 Student Project Grant recipients, of course!

The RISD Junior and winner of Lifetime’s teen design competition, Project Runway: Threads put her design skills to the test to create three one-of-a kind looks featuring her own designs. Keep reading to see what the collection is all about.

The Spoonflower Student Project Grant supports the artistic pursuits of a select group of full-time undergraduate and graduate students worldwide. Recipients receive an award of up to $1,000 in Spoonflower credit to design their own digitally printed fabrics and wallpaper.

Zoe: Embracing the kitsch of playing with dolls, this capsule collection from my fall semester at Rhode Island School of Design functions as a wardrobe of dress up clothes for adults. I spent a lot of time in my early process playing dress up, experimenting with secondhand clothing and costume staples such as tutus and boas.

During the early process of the project I became really interested in hair. I started playing with wigs. One of the first prototypes I made was the hair heels pictured below. I used the blonde fabric to create the mockup for my first look before making some design changes and ultimately deciding to remake the look using the blonde print with hair clips added.

I created my custom Spoonflower prints by scanning wigs, hair clips, doll shoes, beads and rhinestones at 1600 dpi. I then used Adobe® Photoshop® to create the repeating prints. Since the concentration of my semester at school was knitwear, I chose to print the majority of my fabrics on Spoonflower’s Performance Piqué.

While working on the project, I found some disposable cameras and decided to stage a photoshoot of some in progress work. I used some of my prints as a backdrop for the shoot.

While I only had to fully realize 2-3 looks, the project prompt asked for us to design 6-8. Below is my full lineup of sketches for the collection. I used Photoshop to superimpose my Spoonflower prints onto my sketches.

And these are the final photos of the three looks!

About the Guest Blogger

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Spoonflower-ZoeGrinfeld-StudentProjectGrant-Headshot-768x1024.jpgZoe Ilana Grinfeld is a Junior at the Rhode Island School of Design studying Apparel Design. At 15, Zoe competed on and won Lifetime’s teen design competition, Project Runway: Threads. Since then, Zoe has shown several collections in New York City, Providence, and Hartford. Her designs have been featured in publications such as Seventeen Magazine and Hartford Magazine. To keep updated on Zoe’s work, follow @zoeigrinfeld on Instagram.

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