Runway Recap SS14: Tess Johnson | Nolcha Fashion Week: New York presented by RUSK

October 23, 2013

Runway Recap: Tess Johnson Nolcha Fashion Week

Runway Recap: Tess Johnson at Nolcha Fashion Week: New York presented by RUSK SS14

Designer Name:  Tess Johnson

Label Name: Tess Johnson

Background: As far back as I can remember, I have always loved clothes. I can vividly remember playing dress up as a little girl. In 2007, I graduated from high school and started my life as designer. I spent 4 years studying at Parson The New School for Design, spent a semester in Paris, and many years interning. I graduated with a BFA in women’s wear designer after presenting my Senior Thesis, my first real collection. I then had the opportunity to compete on Lifetime TV’s show “24 Hour Catwalk”, where I successfully created a 3 look collection, and was chosen the winner. Since Parsons, I have shown a Resort wear collection in Miami, have been invited to participate in the AHA “Red of the Runway” event, had a featured mannequin display in Saks 5th Ave flagship store, received a Swarovski sponsorship, and slowly began to grown my brand.

Vision: My vision is to create couture, glamorous, show-stopping pieces, but with a twist. I want to make garments that make a statement, but maintain an edge of wearability. I want to see a woman walk into a room wearing a Tess Johnson piece and have the whole room notice her. My vision is to make garments that are strong, sexy and always flattering. I make pieces that have new and different silhouettes and prints, but familiar and fine materials. I love to explore nature for inspiration: birds, ocean, fish, or the mountains and the contrast and juxtaposition within these inspirations. This contrast creates interest and that is what I draw upon for my clothes.

Signature Style: Prints, draping, glamour

Influence: I am constantly influenced by contradiction. I love the play between hard and soft, strong and subtle; I think this is where interest lies, and where I find the most inspiration for my clothes.

Brand philosophy: The Tess Johnson brand strongly believes that high fashion doesn’t have to be confined to the runway. Tess Johnson creates unique garments that push the envelope, yet maintain a classic component to keep the pieces wearable.

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