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Karyn Kittrell has been designing and sewing since an early age. Her first designs hit the runway when she was twelve years old and she began competing in the Miss Maryland Outstanding Teen scholarship pageant. At each year’s competition, she presented a new collection in the talent portion of the pageant. Not only has she presented her designs at pageants but she has also participated in fashion shows. Kittrell made her professional debut at Baltimore Fashion Week where she was named the Emerging Designer of 2016. She has also showcased in the 2017 and 2018 Fashion Weeks of Baltimore, Washington D.C., Atlantic City, and New York. Using her Business minor, she hopes to one day open her own boutique specializing in custom bridal and pageant gowns under the Karyn K Fashions label. She has also minored in Textile Design with the hopes of designing her own prints for her garments. Her aesthetic is classic and elegant with a little bit of drama. She loves to create collections based on her surroundings and interests. Her senior collection, Modern Dolls, incorporates Art Deco architectural elements while still being classic. She was inspired by the new decade and the fact that the year 2020 is the one hundred year anniversary of the 1920s. The architecture is the part that stood out the most to her. The collection includes inserts and features that resemble the geometric shapes of buildings while still being classy. Her goal is to make garments and gowns that will make women feel confident and beautiful in their own skin. 

Since I found out that I was graduating in 2020, I loved the idea of creating a collection that would represent the 1920s. A one hundred year anniversary collection sounded like a great way to honor the women who paved the way and inspired today’s women. Women are still fighting the stereotypical norms and pursuing male dominant jobs and they are doing it with class, poise, and confidence. These women need garments that will help empower them and make them feel like they can do anything that a man can do. I love the idea of making a collection that showcases the hard, geometric, and polished shapes of Art Deco buildings. Each of the garments that I have created reflects aspects of buildings that I have found around me. 

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