Thursday, April 30, 2015

Spring Romaaance

The last of the watercolor series!

Summer Dress and Hydrangea Harness
Photographer- Anastasia Cheatham
Designer- Bridget Sullivan
Model- Emilia Schmier
MUA & Hair- Cory Peltier
Magnolia Necklace
Right now is my absolute favorite time of year, springtime with the entire summer ahead.  I always feel indecisive about wanting to spend the entire day outside in the sun with my friends and family or inside the studio by myself...decisions decisions!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Hydrangea Dreams

hydrangea dress and necklace

Here's another painted dress/kozo jewelry combo from my most recent shoot!

Photographer- Anastasia Cheatham
Designer- Bridget Sullivan
Model- Emilia Schmier
MUA & Hair- Cory Peltier
 I've been loving experimenting with painting on dresses. It's so meditative...a major stress reliever!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Fashionspeak 2014

This past October I had the opportunity to present at Fashionspeak 2014.  My boss at Lear Corporation and I conducted a 70 minute workshop in front of an audience of over 200 people.  We talked about what we do as automotive fabric designers, and how fashion influences our work.  I never imagined that my education in fashion design would lead to a career in the automotive industry.  We hoped to show the audience, especially the students, that design skills can be transferable, and inspire them to possibly try something out of their comfort zone.

Jeanette and I presenting

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Dancing with the Survivors

This fall I had the opportunity to design design a dance costume for breast cancer survivor Cheryl Perkins, who performed in the Pink Fund's Dancing with the Survivors event. 
Here she is performing her swing dance routine at the event!

After getting to know Cheryl and hear her inspiring story, I knew my challenge would be to create a dress that adequately reflected her resilience, strength, and exuberance.  

Monday, October 20, 2014

Belle Isle Beauty

Magnolia Dress and Necklace
Bridget Sullivan Designs

Photo shoots are such an important element of my design process.  I love collaborating  with the talented photographers, models, and makeup artists that are bring my clothing to life.  Thanks to everyone who has given me such positive support…I couldn't do it without you!  Enjoy these photos, and many more updates to come!   

Monday, September 29, 2014

Glam Detroit TV Fashion Show Day

Last Thursday I showed my designs at a gorgeous Detroit Design Festival event in Eastern Market.  The amazing day started off with filming a tv promotion for Fox 2 New..thankfully I work with some early-rising models!  See the clip here!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Beyond the Armor Fashion Show

Better late then never…photos from the final fashion show of the Beyond the Armor competition at the Detroit Institute of Arts!  

It really was a dream come true showing one of my designs in the gorgeous Diego Rivera Court.

Model/ballerina Destiny Maknkowski brought my Crane Dress to life as she danced down the runway on pointe shoes.  Such a magical moment!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Samurai Ballerina

I am one of 10 fashion designers competing in the "Beyond the Armor" fashion challenge sponsored by the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Detroit Garment Guild.  We were given a private tour of the facinating "Beyond the Armor" Samurai exhibit at the DIA, and challenged to design garments inspired by what we learned and saw.

Here is my final design!

I was inspired by 'Reeds and Cranes," a silk painted folding screen painted by Suzuki Kiitsu.  He was trained by a powerful Samurai artist named Sakai Hoitsu, who adopted him and elevated him to the elite Samurai class. 

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Hello Toledo!

My Magnolia Necklace and Dress were recently displayed in the Toledo Museum of Art's "Art of Japanese Fashion" exhibit.  The museum issued a fashion challenge for designers to create a garment inspired by their current exhibition, 
"Fresh Impressions: Early Modern Japanese Prints".

The dress is inspired by the magical "flower and willow world" that geishas are said to inhabit.  The necklace is made from (*suprise!*) kozo, a fiber used in traditional Japanese paper-making.

This dress was on display from September until December,
when the exhibition ended with a fashion show finale!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

These are a few of my favorite things...

Fashion + Animals + Music 
= The Caftan Dress!

Esperanza Spalding performed in this dress with Wayne Shorter and the Nashville Symphony in April. For this special Earth Day performance, her stylist added moss and violet embellishment.   The outfit is featured on Esperanza's Style Blog.

Monday, October 7, 2013

The September(/October) Issue

I'm featured in Ambassador Magazine this month!  I had so much fun talking to Audrey LaForest during my interview about my past and current work.  Check me out page 59 of the September/October issue! 

Notice the triple-vision photo of me?  I got to work with two of my favorite people for this photoshoot. 

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Michigan F.A.S.H. Fest 2013

This is about to be a really long post...with lots of pictures!

My designs were featured last Friday in the Michigan F.A.S.H. Fest, a wonderful yearly event hosted by Leslie Pilling of Presence II Productions.  The festival is an amazing collaboration of local business, musicians, and artists.  For more information, check out their website!

So here are pictures from the show!  There are links under some of the photos to posts with additional information about the garments.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Local Love

The Magnolia Necklace is on the cover of Styleline Magazine this month!  
So excited to represent Detroit in the local designers issue.  

Magnolia Necklace - kozo fiber and chain
Barnacle Dress -  kozo fiber and raw silk