Lauren Smith

While growing up in small-town Wisconsin, Lauren developed a passion for art, and more recently, fashion. For Lauren, Apparel Design was the perfect way to merge these interests and a means to challenge her ability to create. In terms of fashion, her interests lie within women’s ready-to-wear. She is fascinated by the way women present themselves on a daily basis and believes fashion should be fun, playful, and filled with artful details. Lauren has had the opportunity to gain knowledge and hands-on experience in both design and production through her internship with the London-based ready-to-wear designer OSMAN and with Minneapolis- based bridal designer Tara LaTour.

Lauren’s senior collection takes inspiration from the glamorous eveningwear and playful sportswear of the 1950’s. These combine in an interesting way to inspire this ready-to-wear collection. Inspiration was also drawn from the ironic sensibility and visual interest of pop art. Lauren focuses on creating a sense of depth within her collection by pairing fabrics with a sheen next to both matte and sheer fabrics. Her feminine and structural silhouettes are both chic and playful.