Miranda Hanson and I met for the first time five months ago when she was creating her first ready-to-wear collection. I had the opportunity to interview her about her first collection and how she started in fashion design is in this blog post.
This season, her focus is a decade full of bold style, colors and silhouettes: the '80s. She embraces the infamous era in her second collection with stimulating monochromatic stripes.
“I knew I wanted to do a black and white collection before going into it,” Miranda says. “I’m very interested in my mom’s clothes that she’s kept over the years. They inspire me with the new ideas for designing with denim.”
The framework of the collection is denim with an accent of cobalt blue satin for lining and trim. There is also a little bit of mesh, but almost all the looks are made completely from black and white denim.
She tells me the only other time before this collection she worked with denim was creating this yellow jumpsuit for her first collection.
“Denim is hard to sew, but I like the outcome I get and how it looks,” she says. “I think it’s unconventional to use denim for a formal or party dress.”
Another accent that might look familiar throughout her collection is embroidery. It’s a signature of hers, and Miranda made sure to include multi-color embroidered flowers in lovely – red, green, champagne, cobalt and white – to match the cobalt linings.
In staying consistent with her previous collection, Miranda used a form of fabric manipulation called distressing on her garments.
“I made some boyfriend jeans that are really distressed,” she says. All the jeans and jean skirts have a lot of distressing. As well as the stripes I painted, I did all the white.”
Miranda also quilted parallel lines into the denim. She says she did it to add new textures and give it more of a couture feel.
In her second collection, Miranda shows how she incorporates trends from other decades like the '80s miniskirts, ripped jeans, headbands, crop tops, ruffles and denim. She keeps the looks current by sticking to a classic monochromatic color palette.
Her collection is a great example of using hard and soft elements together to create feminine looks. White denim showcases the fabric’s versatility.
“I planned more for this collection than my last thanks to my mentor Buf Reynolds through the Kent Bellows Mentoring Program,” she says. “Buf helps me get clear about my vision. She is really helping me with evolving my ideas.”
Miranda tells me Buf helps her with anything and everything. Any question she has about sewing, she knows Buf can answer it because she’s “done it all”.
One thing Miranda is certain of is majoring in fashion design when she graduates next year.
“I’m leaning more towards fashion design than costume design,” she says. “I was scared of New York and now it’s more of an option because that’s where a lot of the Omaha designers, who are my age, want to go. So, I think maybe I can do that, but I still haven’t been to New York to really see.”
“I’m focused on discovering what I want my vision as a designer to be and how I want my clothes to be expressed by others,” she says.