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March 18, 2018

Fall designs by two of JCCC’s own take center stage

Creating one-of-a-kind pieces for women is what inspires both JCCC participants in Kansas City Fashion Week this spring. While student Munisa Khuramova features vibrant, powerful statement pieces that help women stand out from the crowd, Fashion Merchandising and Design faculty member Jill Patton designs regal, but non-traditional, custom bridal gowns.

Patton, who teaches pattern drafting at the College, and Khuramova are two of the 28 designers to reveal their fall/winter collections at Kansas City Fashion Week (KCFW), March 25 – 31, at the Grand Hall at Power & Light in downtown Kansas City. The biannual KCFW attracts industry buyers and individual consumers from around the world for a week of premier runway shows that feature collections from local, national and international designers.

Powerful threads

In keeping with the empowerment message of her clothing brand, Munelle de Vie (MDV), Khuramova is showing nine colorful and innovative looks at KCFW. Since the mission of MDV is to remain sustainable, 90 percent of her line is made of natural fibers. “I want the audience to feel the energy of a strong woman and see that there is a way for her to add more color to her wardrobe, which will make her happy during the winter. I believe if one woman gets empowered, she can pass it on to another 10 women.”

Khuramova is excited to be part of KCFW for a second time. She said each front row seat will have a sheet from which attendees can pre-order the pieces they see straight from the runway. “I’m hoping to start working with local boutiques and develop relationships with businesses so we can help each other expand.”

Whipping up designs since she was a young teen, Khuramova’s Munelle de Vie brand is a French-influenced name she created with the idea that every woman has power and deserves to feel beautiful. “Every time I wore a piece of clothing I’d made for myself, people would stop me and ask where I got it. I decided I needed to do my own brand to grow, learn and help others through it.”

Khuramova is passionate about using her creativity and skills to empower women in need. “I adore what I do,” Khuramova gushed, “and I can't wait to dress even more women in my designs so they will feel more inspired and empowered and be encouraged to share this empowerment with others.”

Bridal style with a twist

Participating in KCFW for the third time, Patton describes her nine looks as minimalistic. “In the past, I’ve used capes and accessories for the fall and winter, but this collection is more streamlined.”

She is showing three brides, four bridesmaids and two flower girls looks. With a background in corporate children’s wear, “I always have to include dresses for the flower girls,” she said with a smile.  

Patton said brides want something no one else has, so over the years, her My Heirloom Bridal Design collection has featured prints, colors and non-traditional silhouettes, even some pants and jumpsuits. The current season consists of three colors — ivory, black and blush.

In addition to all of the professional connections and client leads KCFW provides, Patton said she ends up with some nice photographs of her collection for her website and future clients.

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