The line: Amy Eshelman’s line is an impeccably constructed student collection of midcentury-inspired woolen coats and capes with ultrafeminine fur accents and demure silhouettes. “I like wearable clothes that flatter a woman’s body,” says the recent graduate of Seattle Central Community College’s School of Apparel Design & Development program. Her muse: Eshelman’s pretty coats are for the woman who opts for punchy colors or a loud pattern—maybe both—during our gray, rainy season. The up-and-comer takes a cue from the ’50s and ’60s for her designs, which include cape-like silhouettes, raglan shoulders and prim darts. “I gravitate towards clothes with a defined natural waistline,” Eshelman says. “I have been told, however, that my penchant for demure vintage dresses belies my otherwise loud personality.” Creative Spark: After a flirtation with a career in marine biology, and a few years pursuing photography, Eshelman decided to focus her gaze on design. “It occurred to me that my heart wasn’t in [photography],” says the 27-year-old Tangletown-based student. “I was more excited about the clothes than the composition.” What’s next: Eshelman is currently looking for a design assistant position in the Seattle area.
Seamless in Seattle 2013 Winners
Seattle has always been a quietly fashionable city, thanks in part to our broad hybrid of cultural influences (Scandinavian, Asian and, most recently, African). Our Wild West rebellious streak means we don’t feel the need to conform to the fashion world at large (we’re much too practical for that), and the innovative thread that inspires our creative brain trust extends to our independent fashion design community, stimulating a groundswell of new talent in recent years. Since 2007, Seattle magazine has supported our small but mighty design scene through Seamless in Seattle, a fashion design contest that boosts the profiles of and possibilities for student and emerging designers. This year, the contest’s sixth, we opened up the competition to accessory designers and established designers to reveal the breadth and depth of talent in this town. At stake: a $2,000 grand cash prize, two Brother sewing machines, courtesy of our generous sponsors Quality Sewing & Vacuum and Brother International, and a feature in these pages. A record-breaking 40 talented designers applied. Read on for the six winners, five finalists, three editor’s picks for well-established local designers who have made a national splash, and a glimpse at the present (and future) state of Seattle style.