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GBG #BagStagePass: Isaiah Jenkins & Emily Tiehes

**Leading up to the 5th Annual Garbage Bag Gala, we will help you get to know a few of the 23 designers creating pieces for the show.**

Isaiah Jenkins

12593625_10207965001190276_37833906120736673_oWhat initially interested you in fashion design? Tell us about when you began this pursuit.
My initial interest in design began with the challenge of pushing myself to see what I could do, and coming up with something that is great. I started my design journey in 2009 and I had no clue what I was doing or what I wanted.

Give us a brief outline of your creative process. What inspires you?

I research trends, colors,and runway looks, create my mood and concept boards. Then I start sketching and choose what I want to make.

Homelessness is a consistent issue in St. Louis. What issues inspired you to participate in Garbage Bag Gala to support The Salvation Army?

Homelessness is very important to me. A group of my friends and I drive around with care packages filled with essential needs — so if we can’t give money, we can help them out in another way. It is cool to be able to help change someone’s life and bring awareness to a problem that one day we can hopefully eliminate completely.

How has this particular task – using all recycled goods, trash and garbage – influenced your designs for Garbage Bag Gala?

It’s easy to take fabric and make a great garment but I enjoy the challenge of seeing what I can do with recycled denim and other unconventional materials.

Garbage Bag Gala is all about creating fresh designs out of recycled goods. Tell us how you think sustainable design impacts our lives, especially when it comes to fashion.

Sustainable fashion impacts our lives because it changes the way we should think about fashion and the positive impact designers want it to have on planet Earth and those who wear it. When buyers are aware of the effects fast fashion has on society, then maybe they will be wiser when shopping.


Emily Tiehes

13096181_10153419686131432_287492235582664548_nWhat initially interested you in fashion design? Tell us about when you began this pursuit.

My interest in fashion began when I was nine years old. I remember watching the Tony Awards and the Emmys and even the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, and only caring about the clothes, the dresses, the outfits. Ever since I can remember, I would draw dresses and jackets and shoes all over my notes from classes. In high school, I started making prom and homecoming dresses for friends, and discovering the process it truly takes to create a successful, finished collection.

Give us a brief outline of your creative process. What inspires you?

For collections, my creative process begins with a basic idea and a lot of trend research. From there, it develops and evolves into a collection inspiration. A lot of the time, emotion or movements in art and technology will inspire me. Technology is rapidly growing, and I believe that integration of humanity and technology can make some amazing, wonderful things. I love art in the traditional sense as well; it shows where we, as a species, have come from. As an art, fashion is also an expression of emotion, as much as painting can be. I like to use whatever outlet for emotion I can, including my collections.

Homelessness is a consistent issue in St. Louis. What issues inspired you to participate in Garbage Bag Gala to support The Salvation Army?

Fashion can help people every day, and when I heard about the GBG last year and heard that proceeds go to help the Salvation Army help save lives, I couldn’t say no. It’s fun and it helps others – why would I say no?

How has this particular task – using all recycled goods, trash and garbage – influenced your designs for Garbage Bag Gala?

Obviously, items like trash bags and duct tape are not used in everyday fashion. these things require designers to think outside the box. It’s a task that requires us to think out of the box even more than usual, as now designers need to think outside of textile as well as design. For me, the unusual textiles and materials allow me to think more freely than usual. Things like tape, plastic and wire can do things that fabric can’t do.

Garbage Bag Gala is all about creating fresh designs out of recycled goods. Tell us how you think sustainable design impacts our lives, especially when it comes to fashion.

Sustainable design is so important, and the current lack of effects our lives daily. Fast fashion has fashion ever moving forward, but at costs of natural resources, lives and labor. I think it’s important to continue to push for more sustainable designs, textiles, and processes; it will better us as a society as well as our Earth.

Come back Tuesday for another #BagStagePass! To attend Garbage Bag Gala 2015, click here to purchase tickets.