I have strived to reach a balance between natural and manmade fibers, and I have explored the various forms that can be achieved when shaped and sculpted. The end goal of my work is to present the technical skills used in draping and pattern drafting to translate my visions of fashion. I don’t necessarily consider myself a “fashion designer” rather a dressmaker or a tailor. I am very inspired by ‘les petites mains’ of haute couture and the traditional work they put into their clothes. The intricacies and hidden details that go into creating the clothing produced is a complex art form that I revere and aspire to be a part of.
(Eric) Henry Shingobe is a fashion designer/pattern maker and artist. He is currently based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Henry is influenced by the Parisian couture houses, and his work focuses on traditional dress-making techniques and digital art. Most recently, Henry’s work was featured in the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women - Hearts for Fashion” fashion show at the Mall of America. Henry’s designs were also included in an exhibition for the Hennepin Theater Trust.
Models: Taylor Kukowski, Alyssa Lashaway, Tay McGregor, Stella Scott
I want to acknowledge my models and makeup artist, Brandy Parker. Thank you to the women of Treadle Yard Goods for assisting with fitting techniques and fabrication; the good people of SR Harris for their plethora of fabrics, trims, and notions; and Ginny, of Ginny’s Fine Fabrics in Rochester MN, for her assistance (and discount) of fabrication. I want to thank the employees of the Nicollet Spyhouse and the Loring Park Dunn Bros (Casey and Mason) for the caffeination, and lastly, my instructors Mark, Vicki, Ren, Amanda, Kim, and Elle for their vast knowledge and expertise in various areas of fashion, fit, and form.