Jordan Jones is not afraid of a challenge.
“Challenges are good,” he notes, “because you learn by doing. Hard work pays off.”
He certainly didn’t back down from a challenge when he chose to do two couture gowns inspired by the iconic Givenchy.
Givenchy is perhaps best known for creating many of the designs worn by Audrey Hepburn in her movies—including Sabrina and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. He was also patronized by other high-profile clients, including Grace Kelly and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis—women well known for having impeccable taste in fashion.
“Fashion isn’t just about creating clothes, but creating a look, a style, and telling a story,” says Jordan, who particularly appreciates couture and the idea of creating a one-of-a-kind look for one person. “Couture deals with a lot of hands-on sewing. It takes a lot of time for just one garment to be made. To me fashion is all about individuality and couture is just that.”
While Jordan’s collection references the clean lines and sheer elegance one associates with his Masters of Design muse, there are edgier touches that are all his.
One gown, which very subtly references the gown made famous by Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina, features layers of hand-painted fabric. Jordan used multiple layers of silk organza and charmeuse, which are difficult to sew but take paint better than synthetic fabrics. Jordan’s vision uses the layering of the delicate fabric and surface design to give an almost 3D painterly effect to the gown.
“Fashion,” he notes, “gives the creative drive to be expressive in a way that can be worn.”
While Jordan has certainly brought creativity and drive to his designs, he has embraced every aspect of fashion design both technical and imaginative. He notes patternmaking as a skill that was a particularly challenging accomplishment, and one that has served him well. Jordon is currently working as in intern at Abercrombie & Fitch, where he is getting more hands-on experience in technical design.
Jordan came to CCAD ready to study fashion.
“It’s not that I wanted to study fashion,” Jordan explains. “I had to study fashion.”
He was attracted to CCAD’s reputation, but he also was inspired when he came to visit the college and heard alumna Nancy Binger (CCAD 1986) speak. As she describe the work she was doing (at the time with Limited Brands) he realized it was possible to find work in the fashion industry.
Though he admits that he knew little, as a freshman, about the work that goes into creating a collection; he has been a very willing student. He credits his instructors, in particular Richard Hurley, for being such a huge part of his learning experience. Jordan also looked at every critique (whether from peers, instructors, or the jury panel for the show) as an opportunity to learn.
And the final result? Well, that can be seen on May 13 when his gowns come down the runway.
There is still time to get tickets to see Jordan’s collection along with 24 of his classmates, but they are selling out, buy online now at www.ccad.edu/fashion.
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.