Anne Kuehn started designing clothes with teddy bears

When Anne Kuehn’s grandmother told her: “If you want clothes for your teddy bear, you’ll have to make them yourself”, she had no idea that it would pave the way for a career in design. fashion.

“She was so convincing that I went home and started sewing things. There were no patterns for the teddy bear clothes, so I had to make the patterns. That’s how I got into model making,” says Kuehn.

Kuehn now has a business, From trendy design, who works with fashion designers on product development by teaching pattern making and technical fashion design. It’s a side of fashion that a lot of people don’t see or think about until a beautiful piece of clothing hits store shelves, she says.

“I tell teenagers who are interested in fashion that it’s not all about art, design and a bit of sewing. It is a three-dimensional garment construction. There’s a lot of math. It’s complicated and it gets very technical,” says Kuehn.

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Drawings by Anne Kuehn.

Keifer Hunniford Photography

She started her business to help designers realize their vision. Some come with concepts, others with illustrations. She works with them to develop the product they have in mind, finalize the design, and create a digital model file ready to be sent to a factory fabricator. She wants designers to know that they don’t have to do all of this alone. “A lot of designers get to a certain point in their work and they get stuck,” says Kuehn. “They think they have to understand. They don’t realize that reaching out to a technical designer is the next step.

Kuehn also runs his own design brand, Eliza and Edgar Clifton Fashion. The name uses a combination of his middle name, his grandmother’s name, and his father’s name. The operation allows him to extend his modeling skills to create extreme designs. Her collection includes a three-point lapel blazer and a sheet music-inspired dress with invisible darts to give her a hidden shape.

She is now preparing to show her collection at the DenVhere Magazine annual fashion show Friday, January 14. She dresses fifteen models of men’s and women’s clothing that will be a combination of previously shown garments and new ready-to-wear clothing and custom pieces.

The DenVhere fashion show is in its ninth year. It was launched by DenVhere Magazine editor and creative director Georgez Dabit when he was at university studying event management. “I always dressed really funky, and I looked around, I just thought people weren’t dressing well. I wanted to do something about it, create a change,” Dabit explains. “So I’m went to the office where they create school clubs, and they supported him. I started a club and took it from there.

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Georgez Dabit

Georgez Dabit

The show will include creations from Corner of Sunshine, Anaabel Jacobs, Eliza and Edgar Clifton and PowItIsMe.

Dabit worked DenVhere Magazine, which has been released annually since 2011. He handles most production duties and enjoys including a wide variety of fashion looks, models, and hair and makeup artists. Fashion is a passion for him, especially working with local creatives in the industry. “I love showing new designers,” he says. “I know a lot of them don’t get the opportunity, because fashion shows want big names. There are so many people who aren’t big names, and it’s so much fun to work with. them, and they come up with such creative ideas.”

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Anne Kuehn’s creations will be seen at the DenVhere fashion show.

Keifer Hunniford Photography

For Kuehn, who has taken part in several DenVhere fashion shows in the past, this is an opportunity to demonstrate what she can do. “I use my brand to push the boundaries of pattern making to create a portfolio,” she says. “I want designers to know that I can do things that are more complicated than the average garment.”

Kuehn says the collection she’s showing in the fashion show isn’t for sale, but she plans to create sewing patterns and kits that include the patterns and pre-cut fabrics so others can venture out. to sew the parts by themselves. She says the biggest issue she’s heard from the designers she works with is the lack of good seamstresses and quality manufacturing in the factories.

“They can’t produce high-end clothes; the quality just isn’t there,” she says. “I have customers who go from factory to factory, and they just can’t get samples to match.

Kuehn is the president of the Colorado chapter of the National Association of Sewing and Design Professionals. She says she is currently working on an apprenticeship program for modification companies.

“The Ministry of Labor has approved the work process. So now any association-approved processing company can use this program to train people,” she says. “We want to create a quality standard. She says she plans to do the next garment building program in factories to improve manufacturing across the country.

She hopes she can help more designers realize their visions. “I love working with clients. More creative ideas come out of working with other designers than I could ever come up with on my own,” says Kuehn. “Just seeing the excitement on a designer’s face when they see something come to life with tags and sizes and ready for sale — it’s really alive when the final product starts selling. It’s really rewarding.

The DenVhere Magazine Fashion Show, 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14, Vista Ridge Community Center, 2750 Vista Parkway, Erie. Get tickets, $30-$60, and more info at denvheremag.com.

Elizabeth J. Harless