Daykeyla McGee, like her design muse Alaia, creates garments that celebrate a woman’s curves.
“The curve of a body inspires me the most,” explains Daykeyla. “Believing that clothes should be made for the body, rather than using the body as a canvas to construct art, helps me achieve nice fitting garments with an abundance of detail.”
Alaia, a Tunisian-born designer, was dubbed the “King of Cling” during the height of his career in the 80s. Grace Jones, Madonna, Naomi Campbell, and Janet Jackson were among the celebrities who favored his clothes, which were known for being sexy while remaining tasteful.
Daykeyla describes her collection as being “bad girl.” The woman who wears this collection can be a professional, but she has a bad girl side. Daykeyla brings in the seductive quality of Alaia’s aesthetic, but expresses her own voice with zippers, hardware, and fluid lines.
Reviewing the collections I can see little elements of biker chic, but they are paired with softer sexier touches, and her looks definitely accentuate and flatter the curves of her models.
Daykeyla began studying visual arts at an early age. When she started to look at college’s she focused on fashion design partly because she didn’t know how to sew—she wanted to learn something new. CCAD’s curriculum not only offered her the opportunity to learn to sew, but it offered her the broader art education that she liked.
Choosing a college wasn’t Daykeyla’s only challenge. She was four months pregnant when she arrived for orientation her first semester in spring. Having and taking care of her son Rayshawn, didn’t slow her down or soften her resolve. During her time at CCAD she has worked a part-time job while keeping a full-time class load, and in spring of 2010 she took advantage of an opportunity to work under Terri Stevens (Project Runway season five contestant) for a week.
“Terri is my fashion mother,” Daykeyla says with a smile while describing how Stevens helped Daykeyla learn how to judge and choose fabrics while she was in New York.
All the hard work is paying off. Daykeyla said she was really happy with the feedback she got from the judges at the Feb. 17th jurying. Some comments validated her choices and hard work, while others gave her fresh inspiration that she has already applied to her runway looks.
With her current collection is shaping up for the runway, Daykeyla is already thinking about her next collection. She notes that when she designs she likes to her looks to have a back story, and she describes the story for her next collection as Femme Fatale. She’ll work on this when she moves back to her hometown in Buffalo, NY where she hopes to eventually start her own business.
Check out Daykeyla’s “bad girl” looks on May 13, but get your tickets online now, prices go up next week.
The CCAD Fashion Show is an annual fundraising event that showcases the talent of graduating Columbus College of Art & Design Fashion Design Seniors. This popular event sells out every year and this blog is a portal through which to view the behind-the-scenes goings on.