#Justin Orlick Prom Dress Design 2015

Justin Orlick Prom Dress 2015

Justin Orlick Prom Dress 2015

I always feel grateful and blessed to work with amazing clients who have a clear vision of what they want from a design perspective but allow me to let my creative juices flow.  In this case I was hired by my good friend Kayla to design her Junior prom dress for Spring,  2015.  Kayla is a perfect combination of naughty and nice.  She wanted a dress that made her feel like a princess, had a vintage flare, but one that was modernized to embody her inner “goth.” Her favorite color is red so it was a must to incorporate that color as a primary feature of the dress. Above and below are the concept drawings and final product.  Taking orders for 2016 :-).  Enjoy!

Prom Dress, 2015

Justin Orlick Prom Dress 2015

Justin Orlick Prom Dress 2015

Concept Drawings:

Justin Orlick Prom Illustration 2015

Justin Orlick Prom Dress Illustration 2015

Justin Orlick Prom Dress Illustration 2015

Justin Orlick Prom Dress Illustration 2015

Justin Orlick Prom Dress Illustration

Justin Orlick Prom Dress Illustration 2015

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#Justin Orlick’s Beyond Courage: A Holocaust Retrospective through the Lens of Fashion

Every year I submit multiple fashion entry’s into the #Scholastic Art and Writing awards competition.  This year, my goal was to create a piece of fashion that was more than just something pretty or unconventional for the judges to look at.  I wanted to use fashion as a vehicle to tell a story, send a message, and make a statement.  Below is the inspiration behind my Silver Award Winning entry.

Justin Orlick:  Beyond Courage

Justin Orlick Award Winning Design: Beyond Courage: A Holocaust Retrospective

For my Scholastic Gedenk Award for Tolerance submission I selected my dress “Beyond Courage: A Holocaust Retrospective.”  As background, in the “Beyond Courage” design I utilized fashion as my vehicle to make a statement and tell the story of the Holocaust from the perspective of the resistance movement.   The final design highlights the courage and strength of the Jews during the Holocaust and those that risked their lives to save others.  The theme of this dress was focused on the history of the Holocaust highlighting the lesser known resistance movement.  My goal was to pay homage to the people (Jewish and non-Jewish) who lost their lives while telling the stories of survivors who lived to document the event to be sure it never happens again.   As a historical back-drop I incorporated photos and illustrations of both the survivors and victims.  Each wood piece was hand collaged with stories, poems, photographs, illustrations and artwork from the Holocaust.  This dress was intended to represent the strength and heroism demonstrated between strangers during this tragic period in history.  The dress took over 300 man hours to complete.

The foundation of the dress was made from over 150 pieces of recycled wood that were individually hand collaged with graphics, paper and other multi-media elements.  The wood pieces represent the barracks in which the Jewish people had to sleep in the concentration camps.  The wood is hard and imperfect and uncomfortable like the conditions in the camps.   I also utilized smaller pieces of wood hand painted in black highlighting the names and faces of survivors and victims.  While only a small part of millions, these people were selected for their participation in the resistance movement both during and following the Holocaust.  The black and white faces on the black background are very graphic in normal light but in black light shine bright like living spirits.  The wood pieces are connected with wire representing the barbed wire around the concentration camps and shows the connection between all of the survivors and those who died or were murdered.

The top of the dress was made from a yellow linen fabric similar to the garments the prisoners were forced to wear in the camps.  The mustard yellow color of the top represents the yellow badge (or yellow patch) also referred to as a Jewish badge which was a cloth patch that Jews were ordered to sew onto their outer garments to mark them as Jews in public.   The hand crocheted yarn, which overlays the top, graphically and abstractly represents the Jewish star itself.  I used a “cobblestone” yarn for the belt and top as it represents the cobblestone streets in the ghettos. Finally the black skirt underneath the dress is made from a softer material.  It acts as backdrop for the wood pieces but also let’s light shine through as a representation of hope.

The underlying message:  Never again!

What’s the Fuss with Florals?

Floral prints were a bloom on the runway and are found in every retail store this Spring. Designers went far beyond your garden variety prints. They are modern, complex, oversized, colorful and mixed! Looks a lot like my mom’s garden. Frankly, until now, I was never a big fan of floral prints. I could live without Lily Pulitzer pastels..until now. From Marc Jacobs to Alexander McQueen florals became the new black. Below are some of my favorites.

floral-extraordinaire

Flower power

MONETS-GARDEN

Folk fairytale

Floral purse

Fashion Graveyard or Treasure Trove? Photography by #Justin Orlick

I recently went to a flea market in my local area.  I absolutely love the quest of finding something old that can be re-purposed and made new again.  As a trolled through the isles I starting noticing the mannequins with beautiful vintage hats, jewelry and accessories.  It was as if they were reaching out to me.  Here are some of the pictures I took.  I asked myself; ” is this a fashion graveyard or a treasure trove?”  I voted the later.

Justin Orlick Photography

Justin Orlick Photography

 

Justin Orlick Photography

Justin Orlick Photography

 

Justin Orlick Photography

Justin Orlick Photography

 

Justin Orlick Photography

Justin Orlick Photography

 

Justin Orlick Photography

Justin Orlick Photography

 

Justin Orlick Photography

Justin Orlick photography

 

#Justin Orlick Debut’s 2015 Fantasy Collection for #Mojo-Fashions

Justin Orlick Collection 2015

Justin Orlick 2015 Fantasy Collection for Mojo-Fashions

I am so proud to share a sneak peak of the Mojo-Fashions Fantasy collection that was debuted during the 4th Annual Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts Fashion Show on March 22.

Justin Orlick Kelsey Dress

Justin Orlick Kelsey Dress for Mojo-Fashions Fantasy Collection

 

Justin Orlick Owl Dress

Justin Orlick Owl Dress for 2015 Mojo-Fashions Fantasy Collection

Justin Orlick button vest

Justin Orlick Button Vest for Mojo-Fashions 2015 Fantasy Collection

Justin Orlick Fairy Dress.Pink

Justin Orlick Fairy Dress for Mono-Fashions Fantasy Collection

Justin Orlick Fairy Dress.Teal

Justin Orlick Fairy Dress for Mojo-Fashions Fantasy Collection

Justin Orlick Monet in the Park

Justin Orlick Monet in the Park Dress for Mojo-Fashions Fantasy Collection

 

My New Obsession: Styling with a Scarf

I am scarf obsessed!  There should be a group for this.  I wear a scarf with every outfit during every season. I have over 50 scarves hanging from a lamp in my room.  Embarrassing I know. It is next to my stack of hats…but we will save that story for another day.   I found this article on unique ways to style with scarves.  Thought it was worth sharing with my fellow scarf addicts!

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Fashionelle Studio

I have been seeing this stylish way of wearing a scarf on pinterest a lot. And I like it. It was seen at the Burberry’s fall fashion show last year and is eventually making its way to the streets. You can pull it off with a dress or jeans. It is a simple yet fashionable look and works well with or without a belt.

If you a scarf lover like I am check out my scarf fashion pinterest board

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An Inside Look: The Real Sweatshops of Cambodia

This is important. Very important. We need to all take responsibility for not only our designs but how and where they are manufactured! #ethical manufacturing #mojo-fashions

Individual Empowerment

Individual empowerment requires taking action to make the world a healthier place for others, not just ourselves!

Fashion bloggers in the Netherlands were given the chance to see where their clothing originates by working in sweatshops. Check it out:  Examiner.com/article/reality-tv-show-sends-fashion-bloggers-to-work-sweatshop

Do you LOVE fashion, but dislike the unsustainable fashion industry? I do. Expressing ourselves with fashion is a fun and healthy way to enjoy life. But the fashion industry is all about appearances, not expression and that’s unhealthy. This is one of many reasons why I didn’t follow through with a career in fashion. Mass produced fashion is an industry that is unhealthy, unsustainable and basically pointless. As someone who used to love shopping for sales so I could have trendy clothes I no longer want any part of it. I hardly shop at all these days. I prefer to buy second-hand or sustainable made clothing when it’s affordable.

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Mojo-Fashions Founder #Justin Orlick on WFMZ!

I know I am a little late in posting this, but I have been a bit busy preparing for my schools 4th Annual #Flying Solo: Thinking Outside of the Box Fashion Show. I am really proud to have had one of my outfits featured on Channel 69/WFMZ and to have been one of the student designers selected as a spokesperson for this event. More photo’s from the event will be posted soon! WFMZ Interview

School Spokesperson! So proud.

School Spokesperson! So proud.

Vintage jacket featured on WFMZ

Vintage jacket featured on WFMZ

#Flying Solo 2015 Fashion Show

#Flying Solo 2015 Fashion Show