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Posted on Sep 27 2012

At the time when it was initially released, urban wear was regarded by many as just another passing phase that the fashion industry had plunged into. Many fashion experts just regarded it as a hype that had been created thanks to urban wear being the main form of dressing for hip hop artists and famous musicians that had just entered the era of R&B.
However, approximately forty years since the concept was developed and to this day, this fashion trend still thrives where many other have failed miserably. Various fashion labels that had originally been created in order to serve as brands targeted to minorities, have now begun to develop urban clothing on a massive scale, mainly due to the fact that the demand for such clothes has risen excessively in the past few years.

But for many different people the prevailing question is still this:how can urban clothing survive and remain so popular in an environment where so many others have completely vanished? The answer is not difficult at all. Many people who used to think it as a passing fad were quickly shocked to see it move on and diversify year after year, as more designs and various other types of clothing were introduced in the same category.

The whole scene started back in the 1970s and 80s when hip hop became famous. The imaginative designs that were used and the loose shirts were found to be very comfortable and stylish by a great number of people, and this was the first time when people were actually attracted to this type of clothing. Seeing the diversity in the market, various clothing lines quickly picked up on the designs and started manufacturing such clothes and accessories. These included urban gear such as snapback hats, sneakers and various other accessories designed to be worn on the hands and the arms.

The whole concept of the track suit was modified as the trousers became something of an icon and the track jacket was worn by a great many hip hop artists, and this became one of the mainstays in its time. Loose oversized shirts are very commonly seen in urban clothing lines, and you will easily find a lot of combinations regarding the standard track suit. In the late 1980s to the early 90s, urban wear saw some of the most distinctive changes in design and style as a variety of different additions were made to the clothing lines.

As famous brands also used to manufacture this type of clothing, it was not difficult to keep being popular, as the majority of young people was interested in this type of clothing. The visual appeal is highly enticing and perfect for teenagers and youthful individuals, providing a vast variety of choices to people who wish to purchase such clothes.
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Katie Henderson  
Posted on Sep 3 2012

When did you start drawing? What came first - your love of sketching or your interest in fashion?
Around 2006. Katie saw the movie "The Devil Wears Prada." In fact, as we were going through these questions, she got the movie and insisted that I watch it with her.
After watching this movie, she really seemed to have an interest in fashion and fashion design. All she talked about was going to New York City. She wanted to design her own clothing and walk the runway. I shared this story with a friend and she said, "Let's make it happen." Her sorority was doing a professional Fashion Show with models from Chicago. Katie designed an outfit. We searched for fabric and she assisted in sewing it. She walked the Runway with pride.. I cried with joy when the audience gave her a standing ovation. Katie's "Passion for Fashion" introduced her to her love of drawing.
What is it about fashion that you find most inspiring as an artist?
Clothes and movement of clothing. Models pose. Katie's artwork is known for the unique poses she draws her ladies. The accessories of her ladies have movement. She has a drawing we call "The Necklace." The Necklace appears to be floating in the air. "Blanche" is wearing a red scarf which appears to be caught by the wind--flowing in the air as her lady walks swiftly. A number of her ladies dresses appear to be in layers. Several artist and fans have compared her to Picasso. She breaks her drawings up in to small pieces resulting in a layering of her ladies clothing. She spends hours drawing her ladies doing one small section at a time.
Apart from fashion, where do you draw your inspiration from?
Under the direction of Lynne Barletta, Director of the Visionary School of Arts in Stuart, FL, Katie has begun experimenting in other sources. She drew an angel for her grandmother to watch over her. She did a mermaid in watercolor and recently, experimented with pastels drawing a butterfly. She also drew a vase. Prior to going to the Visionary School if you asked her to draw something besides her fashion ladies she would say Thats not my thing. Ms. Lynne inspires Katie to attempt other subjects.

Who is your favorite artist?
Picasso. she wants to try and draw one of his ladies. She likes the colors used in his work and his ladies.
And your favorite fashion designers?
I love color and classical styles... We attended Couture Fashion Week in New York City in 2010. She has used the program from this week's shows as her inspiration for her "Charmed Ones" collection.
Katie names her artwork after her favorite movie and TV series characters.

Do you think that having Down syndrome has enriched your outlook in a certain way?
It is said by other artists and admirers of Katie's work, that her work demonstrates the innocence of a child. She doesn't complicate it with over thinking and trying to make it perfect. It comes naturally and from her heart. Lynne Barletta states, "Katie does naturally what many artist study a lifetime to do."
When you ask Katie what do you do? She states, Im an artist. She doesn't preface it with her disability (having Down syndrome). To her she's just and artist who loves fashion and happens to have Down syndrome. She expresses her love for fashion through her art.

We all need reassurance when showing your work - where do you find it?
From her family. Katie loves her family especially her brothers. She beams with pride when her brother who lives here in Florida comes to her shows. She takes him around the room and introduces him to everyone. She tells everyone she meets about her big brother, Jimmy who lives in Texas with his two children, Morgan and Gavin. She speaks of his wife, Jessica, as her sister.

How do you imagine the people who choose to acquire your artworks?
Katie has sold a number of originals all for over $1,000. Her recent sale was "Sisters" which sold for $1,200. The buyer recently lost her brother and has been sadden by his death. She told us that when she looks at Katie's artwork ..."it makes her smile." It is Katie's desire for people to admire her art and enjoy the whimsical ladies bringing a smile to their faces. It appears she has done this for at least this one person.

When sketching, do you have an ideal viewer in mind?
Yes. Katies primary source for her drawings is paper doll books and pictures of models from fashion magazines. The drawings inspire her to create her own fashion designs. She changes the poses, re-designs the clothing, and creates women of diversity. An interesting aspect of Katies art is that she doesnt discriminate when it comes to color. While her source documents may be mostly white, she creates women of color (red, white, yellow, black --- she has even created women with orange and green skin tones). Her sources (the paperdoll books) don't have faces. She creates the faces on her own from something from within her. Each face is different and is created through her own visions.

 Do you pick your daily outfits according to the mood you are in, or do you always try to look your best,
no matter what?

Katie enjoys dressing to be comfortable. However, on special occasions she loves to dress up and accessorize.
After watching The Devil Wears Prada tonight shes ready to go shopping

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Male & Female  
Posted on Jul 25 2012

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Leandro Cano  
Posted on Jul 10 2012

Would you tell us a few things about the women that have been an influence in your life? What were they like?
The women who are an influence in my life are my grandmother, my mother, my sister, whom I admire and are the foundation that gives me strength to keep going.
 In your opinion, is there a special characteristic of Spanish women?
If they are much more flat, close, natural, real, etc it is an opinion.

Do you think that a talented designer should also have a knowledge of the history of fashion? Is it necessary?
It is very needed, the more controlled fields, the easier you will find the inspiration and reach people.
What was your first reaction when you found out about your nomination?
I felt very very happy and emotional

You have said that this collection of yours has been a childhood dream - would you elaborate on the dreams you had as a child?
If there are items in the collection that I have literally dreamed of, that is the dream!
When designing a piece of the collection, can the mood that you are in on that specific day influence the result of your work? If so, could you name one such case?
It mostly depends on the mood that you are creating something more happy or more sad. In my case it can be seen as the start and finish in beige knit with black tricot in a little evolution mood.

As a child, did you care about the way you dressed? Did you have favourite clothes?
Not at any time, for me I have no favorite.
In what ways is your passion for sculpture evident in your work?
The Andalusian culture, is what inspires me to sculpture the forms which I use.

What is the best thing about creating clothes from scratch? Which part of the process is the most fulfilling for you?
Without doubt, the whole creative process is beautiful, but seeing the finished garment is the most satisfactory.

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