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Dominque Alyse
Excellence Award Winner
Fashion Studies
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Fashion Studies sparks your career in the fashion industry while developing your own voice as a designer.

I’ve always had a fascination with nature, the body, the mind, and the connection between the three. It’s sometimes hard to define how things happen, let alone why, but I think it’s interesting how we, the human race, use storytelling as a means to make sense of the world around us. Being connected and having a sense of belonging is important to me and, as a designer, it is paramount to create that feeling for my customers.


Connect is a collection inspired by the feeling of belonging to something greater. In my research, I took imagery from surrealist paintings, ancient Greek and Roman sculptures, and oceanic creatures. In my work, I focused on creating fluidity through the element of a line as well as a sense of depth through the multiple layers in textile development.


Overall, each garment was carefully crafted to embody this concept and function. With this collection, I hope to encourage others to be more purposeful with their work, their words, and their actions. Because in the end, we are all connected.

What is your most memorable

experience at KCAD?

My most memorable experience at KCAD would have to be the 2017 Capstone Fashion Show, Nocturne. I remember volunteering as a freshman and being completely starstruck in the process of putting on a show. There was just so much energy! I remember saying to myself, “Yea, this is what I want to do!” Also, seeing the senior collections motivated me to work hard so that in the years to come my garments would too walk down the runway. I’m grateful for that experience and I’m happy I was able to have it so early on because it really set the tone for the work ethic I wanted to have.

What are your most

notable accomplishments?

- Embroidery designs for Marchesa featured on for Marchesa Notte Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020 Bridal, and Pre-Fall 2020.

- Fashion illustrations being displayed at the Michigan House of Representatives.


- Gowns featured on Mood Fabrics, Joann Fabrics, and Detroit Fashion News.


- Fashion illustrations featured on Elton John, Keren Craig, and Sareh Nouri New York’s social media pages.

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