Jay Calderin is the author of Form, Fit & Fashion, which the LA Times called, "a new fashion bible for designers, aspirers and the just plain curious, this tome contains all the secrets." His new book Fashion Design Essentials – One Hundred Principles of Fashion Design was just released by Rockport Publishers. Calderin is the founder and executive director of Boston Fashion Week and has served as a regional director for the Fashion Group International of Boston. He is also an instructor and the Director of Creative Marketing at the School of Fashion Design in Boston. His fashion design work has graced the pages of Vogue, Elle, the Boston Globe and the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine.
The color indigo is an invitation to a dark, rich and powerful place.
"It makes me sad because I've never seen such - such beautiful shirts before.
"People are like stained-glass windows.
Ev'ry heart beats true 'neath the red, white and blue.
"Fashion is as profound and critical a part of the social life of man as sex, and is made up of the same ambivalent mixture of irresistible urges and inevitable taboos.
"Amateurs look for inspiration; the rest of us just get up and go to work.
"The fashion show is an event, it is theater, it's drama.
"As a little girl, I spent countless hours playing with my Barbie doll's, even designing and sewing one-of-a kind outfits for the doll--I guess you could say Barbie gave me my start as a designer.
"Nature does not know the concept of waste; the only species capable of making something no one desires is the human species.
Long before my heroes could be found in haute couture ateliers and on the pages of glossy fashion magazines, I was like most little boys, saving just enough every week to purchase the latest installments of my favorite Marvel and DC comics at the neighborhood grocery store.
As unlikely as it would be for me to find myself in the woods, nevermind being confronted by a mountain lion or a bear, I've been told by my outdoorsy friends that in the event of such a face off, I should make myself appear larger to discourage the animal from thinking that I'm easy prey.
The Tent at Boston Fashion Week is poised to become as iconic a landmark as the Hancock Tower for fashionistas in Boston.
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