April's Denver Made features the work of up and coming fashion designer Haley Mariah Dedajic and her line, TROPHYclothing. At just twenty years of age, Haley represents one of Denver's best and youngest talents in the fashion community. Haley's style is both sexy, mature and playful, using primarily vintage or recycled fabrics. Everyone of Trophy's pieces are one of a kind and inexpensive, keeping with her goal to make women's clothing that she could afford. Recently Haley was kind enough to answer a few questions about her process for us in preparation for her Denver Made Event Friday April 2nd.
FT: How did you come up with the name for your line?
HMD: TROPHYclothing, 'Never be anyone's TROPHY but your own' is a saying that I had to bury myself in before even I could follow it's advice. I see so many women, especially young women, who try so hard to become who or what their partners' want them to be, instead of loving and embracing who they truly are. Starting this clothing line was my way of changing my life, being who I wanted to be, doing what I wanted to do, without any consideration to what others may think of me.
(big bow, little dress by TROPHYclothing)
FT: How did you get your start?
HMD: When I was little, my mother was the fashion sketching teacher at the art institute, so instead of daycare, I went to fashion class. I started dressing my barbies, and eventually myself and my friends.
(the perfect skirt by TROPHYclothing)
FT: Where do you find your best inspiration for your work?
HMD: Most of my inspiration comes from the emotion or mood you get from wearing a certian type of clothing. If I am in a more feminine mood, I create very girly clothing, if I am a more artistic mood, I can spend hours manipulating fabrics, and making more intricate clothing.
(floral ruffle yoke dress by TROPHYclothing)
FT: Do you listen to music when you work, if so what?
HMD: It really depends on my mood, but more often than not I listen to recorded thunderstorms, there is nothing more relaxing than spending a rainy day inside sewing, even if its not really raining outside.
(gold pinafore jumper by TROPHYclothing)
FT: What would you like people to know about your work/process that isn’t evident when looking at it?
HMD: I rarely plan, I never use patterns, it really is an organic creative process for me.
Come join us Friday April 2nd from 7pm-10pm to celebrate April's Denver Made designer, TROPHYclothing and enjoy beverages from Great Divide Brewery!
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