Four very diverse designers have been chosen for the inaugural team of Designers-in-Residence (DIR) at the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator at Macy’s Center City. Visit their individual profile pages to learn more about them and their work.
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While still in school Kaitlyn received numerous awards for her clothing designs. In April 2011 she was awarded the Young Spirit Award for Excellence in Childrenswear at Philadelphia University’s annual spring fashion show. In April 2011 she showed her Springtime in Paris dress in the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts fashion show held at the Kimmel Center. That same dress was also displayed at the Philadelphia International Flower Show in March 2011.
After graduating from Philadelphia University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Fashion Design, Kaitlyn was chosen as a finalist for the 2011 Independent Handbag Designer Awards (IHDA). After taking 1st place in her category for Best Student Made Handbag Inspired by the Colors of Vitaminwater, Kaitlyn launched her company “Kaitlyn Doherty” in her hometown of Horsham, PA, and her unique debut collection, inspired by the architecture she came to love during her time spent in Prague.
In addition to the IHDA win, one of her greatest achievements came in August 2010 when she was chosen to represent Philadelphia University and participate as one of six student designers in Project OR. Project OR is a biannual competition held during the Outdoor Retailer Market in Salt Lake City, UT. Challenged to design and construct a women’s bicycling jacket in 48 hours, Kaitlyn drew inspiration from time spent with her family along East Coast beaches to achieve the People’s Choice Award and 1st Runner Up for her Easy Rider jacket.
Kaitlyn also studied fashion design and illustration while overseas in Rome, Italy during the fall 2010 semester of her junior year. While abroad she travelled throughout Italy from Capri, to Florence, Milan, and Venice, as well as to other countries including Greece and the Czech Republic. Kaitlyn is often inspired by the architecture of each place she travels, which is reflected in the aesthetic she infuses into each of her designs.
Much of my inspiration stems from travels abroad. I have been fortunate enough to travel to many European countries, which offer a wealth of inspiration. For me, it is usually the architecture because it carries so much history. Therefore, my designs are often very structured. I like to mix in soft elements for balance. My garments also tend to consist of many pieces, fitting together like a puzzle.
When I am designing, I always ask myself, “Would I wear that?” If the answer is no, I rework the design until the answer is yes. I like to work with the fabrics, draping them on the dress form and seeing how they move. I find that helps bring light to new ideas and techniques that can be used either in the same collection, or stored for future garments. My designs continuously evolve as I work and develop them, even up until I put the final stitch in the finished piece!