Just when everything seems to be going ok, an unpredictable snafu can throw a young designer for a loop. For Gary Graham, it was a certain linen and silk blouse that shrank down two sizes when it was washed. "They were all returned. Something like that and all of a sudden you're in the negative." For knitwear artist Liz Collins, the quest for a top-loading washing machine nearly proved her undoing. "I didn't know it would be hard to find top-loading machines near my new apartment in Brooklyn. I do a lot of deliberate shrinking by stopping the cycle in the middle, and I assumed there would be a top-loader in one of the laundromats on Myrtle Avenue." She giggles. "If people only knew the sweater they bought in Barneys once hung... More >>>
By photo: Josh Farley
Gary Graham models his caterpillar-robot coat; Liz Collins shows off one of her "aggressively feminine" blouses.