Susan Troy finds art in everything: textures and colors in nature, architecture, urban decay, historicity. Her Spring/Summer 2013 collection, in fact, was inspired by photographs that she took in an old, abandoned mill in Pawtucket. “One particular photograph depicted a layering of doors and windows with a piece of worn fabric hanging from the ceiling,” she says. “What inspired me about this image was the hanging tenderness of the fabric in the dark, decaying mill. This juxtaposition made me think of soft transparency layered with opacity and texture.” Susan, who attended both UMass Dartmouth for textile and fiber arts, and Boston’s School of Fashion Design for construction and pattern making, uses her artistic training to forge her own path in the fashion world – including creating her own patterns and fabrics by manipulating her photography and printing it onto cloth. “I am motivated to make clothing for women that is comfortable and stylish,” she says. “I do not follow fashion trends. I do, however, investigate color trends and adjust them to meet my aesthetic. Being a fashion designer allows me to use my art in a utilitarian way.” Susan Troy will be presenting at 9pm on Thursday, August 30 at the Providence Biltmore.
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