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Suzi Click: Textiles, Style and a Designer’s Evolution


Textiles, Style and a Designer’s Evolution

Presented by Suzi Click Saturday, June 9, 2018, 10 am Koret Auditorium, de Young Museum

Admission: Free for current members of the TAC; $5 for students and members of FAMSF; $10 General Admission

Suzi Click’s evolution as a designer of wearable art has been inspired by travels in search of Tribal Textiles. This talk covers her interest in fashion, from childhood to a 30-year career as designer for manufacturers in the apparel industry, and now to her own line of artisan apparel & accessories using ethnic textiles.

She will talk about the milestones in her evolution as a designer, including watching her grandmother sew, being fascinated by fashion since she can remember, making doll clothes with a toy machine, learning how to use commercial patterns and sew with her own Singer Touch & Sew in junior high, making all her clothes in high school and college, being a fashion reporter for the school newspaper, getting 2 degrees in Clothing & Textiles from Texas Tech University, and becoming a designer for manufacturers of junior sportswear and jeans wear in Atlanta, New York City, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

She will talk about her inspirations, including:

  1. The art, crafts and architecture she has seen in major cities that she has lived in and travelled to

  2. Textiles, especially tribal or ethnic, she has collected in her travels to weaving communities observing the weavers and dyers of this craft

  3. Tribal costume beginning with a special taqsireh jacket her father brought back from Cairo, Egypt after World War II before she was born, and some others she has collected and enjoys wearing

  4. Strong pattern and embellishment on textiles, especially ikat

  5. Asian influences especially the silhouette of the 1920’s that designer Paul Poiret introduced to Western fashion

  6. Women who have great personal style, especially Iris Apfel and Frida Kahlo, and some with whom she is honored to be associated with as one of the Advanced Style tribe members (A weblog, documentary and 2 books by Ari Seth Cohen)

She will show photos from textile travels to weaving villages in Bhutan & Nepal, Southwest China, Indonesia, Burma, Mexico, Uzbekistan, Turkey and Romania. She will also show some of her designs using these ethnic textiles, some of her early designs which evolved into her current style, and the design process she uses to achieve these designs.

Suzi Click received her master’s degree in Clothing & Textiles from Texas Tech University in 1972. She spent over 30 years as a designer working in the apparel industry. In 2001 she started SUZI CLICK, her current Artisan Apparel & Accessories line and 2007-2014 TWO GIRLS DANCING – her own fashion jeans wear line. Suzi is also passionate about travel and incorporates globally hand made ethnic textiles from her travels into her wearable art.


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