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!