Background: An apparel and graphic designer, Susan Merriam has received the YMA Fashion Fund Scholarship, Esper A. Shwaery Scholarship, and has recently had a piece in the Clerestory x Better World by Design Exhibition. She will be having a piece in RISD Collection ’13 in the Spring and a piece in the Gelman Gallery’s Show, Simple. She studied dance and musical theatre in high school and is very happy to be working with Festival Ballet on this collaboration.
Thoughts on the Collaboration: It was a great opportunity working with Festival Ballet on this collaboration. It is very helpful as a designer interacting with the person that will wear and experience one’s designs. Being able to see if it’s comfortable, moveable and interesting to look at are always considerations that sometimes in fashion get forgotten.
Susan Merriam is a junior in the RISD Cut & Sew Costume Studio.