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"Shriek or Chic": Joelle Samaha on Researching Trends and Hunting for the Perfect Materials


When making a garment, I roam the Garment District in New York City for inspiration in choosing a fabric. I usually end up at Elegant Fabrics or Mood Fabrics -- they have unique fabrics, a little bit of everything from basic satin to intricate beaded lace.  


For the more basic silks, chiffons, organza, or satin, I like to go to Preview Textiles. For notions I go to Botani, Pacific Trimming, and M&J Trimming for high-quality options. For beading, I typically go to Bead World. I always find everything I need there.


I like to browse Pinterest, Etsy, and the Martha Stewart website for costume ideas and accessories. I follow Women’s Wear Daily and fashion stylists on Instagram as well as many designers like Givenchy, Balmain, Steven Khalil, Leah Da Gloria, and one of my favorites, J’Aton Couture.


I feel like social media has become such a growing resource for all types of research and entertainment. These fashion bloggers and pages unintentionally inspire me. It is a great way to keep current with the latest trends of the industry. My favorite fashion bloggers on Instagram are Antoinette Marie (@sydneyfashionblogger), Aureta Thomollari (@aureta), and other pages such as @styledbybreanna, @chloehollywood, and @chiaraferragni.


When trying something completely new, I usually turn to YouTube tutorials. I find anything and everything I need. Even Pinterest provides great step-by-step tutorials. Don’t be afraid of a challenge; there are always ways around certain things. You may discover a different way of doing something. Feel free to change things up a bit if you feel they will work better.

About the Author

Joelle Samaha

Joelle Samaha, 24, is a recent graduate from the Fashion Institute of Technology. In her final year, Joelle received the 2014 FIT Critics Choice Award for the collection she presented during the prestigious FIT senior fashion show. Joelle’s fashion journey began after falling in love with the craft of making clothes while taking a basic sewing class in high school. A self-proclaimed...

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