Designer Spotlight: Meghan Phillips
By Anna Durkin
This week’s Designer Spotlight is featuring senior designer Meghan Phillips. From the early age of ten-years-old, Meghan was drawing, designing and making garments. Nowadays, she uses fun colors and print combinations to convey her “playful, sophisticated, and modern” design style. In terms of design, Meghan is most confident in her construction skills and likes to experiment with silhouette. She enjoys incorporating new techniques and detailing into her work.
This is a sketch of Meghan’s work for her latest Silver Needle collection.
During her time at Marist, Meghan has completed two internships. She interned for a boutique in her hometown of Scranton, making alterations and designs on request for customers. She also participated in the Marist in Manhattan program and interned for Kleinfeld Bridal. She had the opportunity to work in alterations and to work alongside two very talented women in the industry.
“The expertise that they had was absolutely remarkable,” she said. “They basically adopted me.”
As a senior, Meghan is well adept in the process of the Silver Needle Runway. Her freshman year was the 25th Silver Anniversary, bringing the challenge of incorporating a silver aspect into each garment, which she enjoyed.
“That year, the show itself was crazy, but fun. I was a dresser for a sophomore who did childrenswear, so I was literally soccer mom for the day,” she said. “I had jackets and coloring books – it was great.”
During her sophomore year, Meghan was a teaching assistant for the freshman class and was able to watch the show.
“The entire time all of the freshman shirts were coming down the runway, I was like ‘Mom, I helped them with that!’ It was a lot of fun.”
Meghan’s senior collection portrays her playful and modern style with various prints, surface manipulations, pleating, and primary colors. Her collection is inspired by the Hmong Tribe.
This is the inspiration board for Meghan’s 2014 Silver Needle Collection.
“The first time I looked at it, I had no idea how to pronounce it,” she said. “They’re a tribe of people in China, Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand, and they’re the kind of nomads that don’t really have anywhere that they’ve settled permanently. They’ve always been refugees wherever they’ve travelled.”
Her real inspiration grew from their innovative conception of language.
“Because they were refugees, they weren’t allowed to speak or write their own language,” she said. “They actually found a way of cheating the system and they would write messages in cloth and pleat it into skirts so then they’d be able to communicate with each other and still keep their cultural life.”
This is one of the garments from Meghan’s collection featuring the Hmong-inspired pleating.
After Marist, Meghan hopes to jump right into the fashion industry in New York City. She intends to pursue a career in womenswear. Eventually, she hopes to craft her own brand.
“I mean it’s a scary goal to think about right now, but hopefully that could be an end goal,” she said. “I would love to make my own line.”
Tickets are still available for the 2014 Silver Needle Runway. Please visit Ticketmaster for more information.