I admit, sewing a button on pants is challenge for me. Yet, I love to watch Project Runway and Fashion Star. I am amazed how the talented contestants quickly create these beautiful clothes.
Up-and-coming fashion designer Felicia Barth-Aasan was raised in Acworth, but has her studio in Dallas, GA. Keep your eye out for her as she is already creating buzz with her collections and custom designed pieces. She recently graduated from F.I.T. (Fashion Institute of Technology) and showed her collection at the LA Fashion Week show. (Felicia is the blonde in the center of her models, wearing a black outfit with the yellow tag.)
Her clothing is inspired by the nature of OTP’s Red Top Mountain, a bohemian lifestyle, the grunge era, modern and American culture, but most importantly by everyday life. She thinks of a beautiful and happy moment, even if it was a short one, and then she pieces together a story and designs clothing around that vision.
View her latest collection at her website, collective26.com and her Facebook page. She loves being inspired by local artisans, so the “collective” name is based on the idea of collaboration. The number 26 is her lucky number and her birthday. She now has online ordering on her website.
She hasn’t wavered on her dream or passion that started at 5 years old. She drew, made paper dolls, and played dress up back then, and “not much has changed,” she said.
In her teen years, she took the hobby more seriously. Finally, she had to decide between her possible career as a figure skater whose choice was Disney on Ice, or college. Her acceptance to The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, where she earned her B.F.A. in fashion design, set her in fashion designing motion.
All of her production is currently in GA. “It’s great to keep everything local and to work with artisans from our community,” she said. Since she moved back to GA in May 2012 she has also been able to work with great local talented models, make up artists, and photographers. You may see her getting inspired walking down historic Acworth or at Hot Ember Yoga in Woodstock. That’s the fashion scoop!