Block is a line that commemorates the routine garments of America during the 1990s. The collection looks beyond the popularized styles of the decade, focusing on the garments that went unnoticed. Children’s books and department store catalogs are among the media that inspired the line. It honors the clothing worn by ordinary, everyday people who were authentic in their time. The essentials found in this clothing have been consolidated and converted into an updated ready-to-wear line.
Each garment was flat patterned and tailored to the model. The fabrics of Block were recycled, and include canvas, upholstery fabric, and t-shirt jersey. They were bleached and then hand-dyed. In all, about 30 yards of fabric were manipulated over the course of 7 months. Other materials included knit ribbing, overall buckles, and brass snaps. Every item worn, save for shoes and underwear, were made by my hands.
The essence of Block is the appreciation of the everyday. In documentation and performance the models were asked to be themselves and do what would come naturally. They were given direction but emphasis was placed on what would make them feel most comfortable in their looks.
Block was created for MICA's 25th Annual Benefit Fashion Show, Authenticity. It was showcased on April 13 & 14, 2018 in MICA's Falvey Hall. Documentation took place in Baltimore's Mount Vernon Neighborhood. Photography by Summer Howard.