DAAP Fashion Series: Marissa Graham + Robbie Quigley

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We’re kicking off something special this week: In honor of the upcoming DAAP Fashion Show, we’re profiling 10 of the talented young designers who’ll be showing their collections! Now settle in, get the scoop on what really goes into planning this prominent event, and check out our first two designers:

 Cincinnati Fashion Designers

Name: Marissa Graham

Age: 23

Focus: Fashion Design

Describe your collection:
My collection “Paracosm”—a detailed world including human, animal, otherworldly or alien creations—is an exploration of the significance of the forest in fairy tales, the creatures living there, and the horror genre.

Who is your current favorite designer?
Ann Demeulemeester and Rick Owens.  

What are your favorite materials to work with and why?
I like creating textures—machine knitting, pin-tucking, seaming, using many layers to create volume, etc.

Cincinnati Fashion Designers

How often do you get a full eight hours of sleep?
This semester, starting at the end of January to mid-February, I started not sleeping. But before then, nearly every night.

What is your favorite piece in your collection?
My jackets and knitted “goat fur.”

Once the show is over, what will be your vice of choice?
Sleep! I think I’m going to just snuggle with my cat and sleep.

Other than the above, what are your plans post-graduation?
Hopefully acquiring a position with a company where I will get to do more hands on design and fabric manipulation.


 Cincinnati Fashion Designers

Name: Robbie Quigley

Age: 25

Focus: Fashion Design

Describe your collection:
My collection is inspired by traditional men’s workwear, updated with contemporary fabrics, fits, and details.

Who is your current favorite designer?
Junya Watanabe

What are your favorite materials to work with and why?
I love working with wool. It has a beautiful hand, and you’re able to manipulate it into any shape you desire.

Cincinnati Fashion Designers

What is the craziest thing you’ve seen in the studio?
Recently, a classmate brought in her pet ferret for some much-needed moral support.

How often do you get a full eight hours of sleep?
Sleep is for the weak. I don’t remember a time that I’ve slept for eight hours.

What is your favorite piece in your collection?
I love them all, but if I had to choose one I’d say the selvage denim coveralls.

Once the show is over, what will be your vice of choice?
Jack Daniels and Game of Thrones.

Other than the above, what are your plans post-graduation?
Everything is up in the air right now. I’ve been going full throttle on my senior collection. Finding a job is secondary at this point. I see myself in New York—I’ve never been happier than when I was living there. A few places I have in mind include Ralph Lauren RRL, J. Crew, and Thom Brown.


Want to see these collections in person? Get tickets to the Fashion Show here, and be sure to follow Cincinnati Magazine on Facebook and @CincinnatiMag on Twitter for updates!

Photos by Lauren Kremer

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