Through our Northern Threads exhibition, we’ve taken a long look back at the history of fashion in Maine. As the exhibition comes to a close, let’s consider not just the past, but also the future. Where is fashion and fashion design headed for those in the Pine Tree State? How is life in Maine being shaped by the latest trends? How is life in Maine in turn shaping those trends? Where do we see the influence of Maine styles and Maine designers in the world? Join our distinguished panel to learn about the future of fashion in Maine!
About the panelists:
Jordan Carey is a Bermudian designer and founder of Loquat based in Portland. He received his BFA in Textile and Fashion Design from Maine College of Art (2019). As a MECA student Jordan's work was predominantly focused on the meshing of cultural aesthetics and influences ever present and changing in the African diaspora and island life.
Jill McGowan is the owner of Jill McGowan, Inc., which was launched in 1994 with a signature line of women’s white shirts inspired by Jill’s work as a patternmaker for the Hathaway Shirt Co., the famed menswear manufacturer. She has studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, Free University in Berlin, Germany, at the University of Maine in Orono and the University of Salzburg in Austria.
Heather Stilin is the founder and owner of Herself, a clothing company based in Cape Elizabeth. She has degrees from the University of WiWisconsin-Madison and the University of Washington. A Midwestern native who has lived on both coasts and been influenced by the art and design of both, her focus is on simple shapes and color. Herself fabrics use natural fibers chosen with comfort, longevity and sustainability in mind. The collection is developed and produced with local partners.