Model wearing a long red coat Model wearing a grey cape with pockets Model wearing a coat over a patchwork top Model wearing long yellow jacket with pockets Model wearing a back coat with horizontal strips and purple lining

Denise Dickens

Outside Designworks
Washington
DC
About this Exhibitor / Bio: 

I start each season thinking about the fabrics I want to use - cashmere and alpaca for fall and winter, my own pen and ink drawings for the cotton fabric I use with my rainwear and shiny, glittery fabric for my occasionwear.
Next I think about silhouette, cut and fit. I spend a lot of time working those things out, especially if the garment is  in a new direction for me.
For every collection, it all starts with either fabric or silhouette. I know from the beginning that these two elements must be compatible.  The weight, drape, texture and hand of the fabric will make it appropriate for some types of silhouettes and not for others.
By the third sample, cutting and fitting, adding and taking away, I am certain about the finished look. 
From here I go to grading my pattern from the medium size (my fit) up to a 1X plus and down to an extra small/petite for men and women.
I produce both limited edition and one-of-a-kind garments using appropriate fabrics, focusing on fit, detail and style.

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