That new pink Easter dress. That favorite pair of overalls. That first time we dressed ourselves and wound up with our whole wardrobe on our body. The first time we launched ourselves off the swings and freely flew, if just for a moment. Remember?
When I was a little girl my favorite color changed everyday and I wore braids. My mom made me dresses with pockets and I ran around outside without shoes on. I drew cityscapes on the driveway with chalk and played four-square in the street with the neighbors’ kids.
As children, our worlds revolve around play, and our clothing follows suit; it is comfortable, colorful and interchangeable. But what happens when we get older? We have grown to believe that adults should not actively play the way children are allowed to. Our clothing reflects that shift, often devoid of bright color and too often uncomfortable. With my collection, I want to emphasize the importance of youthful play for any age. When people interact with my garments, I want them to remember the joy and delight felt as a young child on the playground.