Monday, December 29, 2008


So I was selected pretty much at random by my ex-fashion illustration professor to participate in competition to design for the family of the President Elect. The invite came at the worst time possible- right at the the beginning of finals week (the submission deadline being right at the end of finals week), and just after a prettty bad car accident (don't worry, I wasn't hurt, but my car was moderately injured). However, Professor Ellinwood told me the 6 designs- inauguration day outfits as well as ball gowns for First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters Malia and Sasha, would not only be nationally printed in USA Today, they will be judged by Tim Gunn of Project Runway and Tim Gunn's Guide to Style fame.

Today I was notified that USA Today is planning on posting the story and the designs on USA Today's web site on December 31, and readers will be allowed to vote for their favorite designs, and that the newspaper article (also to be released on the 31) will be a full-color page. Seven other Marymount students took the time out of their finals week to create their best ideas for these dresses. There is no indication that Michelle Obama is inclined to choose from our designs, but at the very least this is an awesome resume builder, and a fun, creative way to end the fall semester, and TIM GUNN TOCUHED MY STUFF! So by all means, America, go vote!
Of course, the picture posted is not my illustration, I don't even have a copy of my presedential designs right now! They are somewhere between the desks of USA Today, Tim Gunn, and Professor Ellinwood. I will keep this blog updated!


Peggy Johnstone said...

I couldn't be happier for you, Lindsey! Please keep us posted. And when you have your dress design back, shoot me over a copy so I can post it on my blog. :-)

Bright Spirit said...

Lindsey: What an honor to be included in this design challenge! Congratulations. I am so proud of you. I look forward to seeing your design(s) and those of your student peers. What a fun project! Good luck, Honey. I hope you enjoyed the experience. You must have spent some sleepless nights with this coming during finals. Sounds like your finals went well. One more semester! Love you always, OGWO