CCAD Stories: Alanta Slone

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For Alanta Slone (Fashion Design, 2019), inspiration comes in all forms. The off-whites, creams, tans, browns, and mauvey pinks of the initial color scheme for her CCAD Fashion Show collection were inspired by flowers from her grandmother’s funeral, which she could not attend due to a study abroad opportunity at the London College of Fashion. “It was really sad at first, but I thought this is something I can turn into a good thing,” Slone says.

Tell us about your collection for the 2019 CCAD Fashion Show, happening Friday, May 10, 2019, at CCAD.

For my collection, I started out thinking about lingerie and how I could incorporate it in unexpected ways. I interned at La Senza last year, at kind of a cool time, where we were exploring ways to wear lingerie as outerwear. I was also inspired by menswear, specifically the trend of women wearing men’s clothes as their own. My collection has a lot of menswear stripes.

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What’s your favorite piece from your collection?

The corset pants. They were a little tricky because you’re normally supposed to make them for a model and fit them as they go on the runway. But, I made mine in my tailoring class because I wanted them to be more tailored. But a form’s torso is tinier than a person’s, so I had to search for the perfect model for that perfect fit.

How much time did spend on your collection?

My collection was my baby. On weekdays, I usually worked from 7 in the evening to 2 in the morning. On weekends, the hours were longer. On one Sunday, I spent from noon to 2 in the morning working steadily.

What are you hoping to do after graduation?

I don’t have anything set in stone, but I’m hoping to stay at La Senza for a couple years and then start my own business—a trend forecasting company, kind of like WGSN. I’m on the concept team at La Senza and I get sneak peeks at a lot of different trend books from different forecasting companies.

alanta with models
alanta with models
alanta and the art sign

Click to learn more about the 2019 CCAD Fashion Show—the most fashionable fundraiser of the year happening Friday, May 10, 2019, at CCAD—and CCAD’s Fashion Design program.