Designer: Kristi Siedow-Thompson
Title: The Upside Down – Stranger Things
Kristi Siedow-Thompson is a fashion design student living in New York City. She graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in May. Kristi spent the last 10 years working in the graphic design industry as a corporate design director, branding manager, and print, web, and app designer. In 2015 she was a finalist in the Her Universe fashion show with her Star Wars inspired dress. As a result of this experience she realized she wanted to pursue fashion as a career. “I have always sewed on the side as my mother is a seamstress by trade,” she reveals. “I always made my own Halloween costumes and prom dresses. As an adult, my clients include aerial dancers, burlesque dancers, drag queens, cosplayers, and theater groups.” In 2015 Kristi costumed New York Deaf Theater’s fall production, Captive Audience. She also was a finalist for the Fort Collins ArtWear runway show that same fall. She was also a FIT Women’s Wear Finalist for the Cerebral Palsy Foundation’s Design for Disability Gala this past May creating three custom gowns for women in wheelchairs that have adaptable features.
“Geek couture is where it’s AT for the future of women’s clothing,” Kristi says emphatically. “In the last 5 years, women have been more accepted into ‘Nerd-dom’ and we finally have the clothing to celebrate our love of fandoms big and small. Geek Couture is only going to grow.”
Photo: Mark Edwards