Fashion via science.

Published January 28, 2013 by theycallmemrstibbs

Last week we had the great opportunity to listen to design Alicia Hardesty from Project Runway, and being the Caltech Women’s Club publicity chair it was up to me to make the event known within the Caltech community. This was a joint venture for a change with the Center for Diversity, so I was asked by our website chair if I would advertise this for both the Women’s Club and the Center for Diversity, which I did.

Before I started I thought it would only be fair if I contacted the designer @originaltomboy on Twitter first, which Marcia thought was a great idea.

The plan was to actually speak to her at the event but it was very well attended by undergrads, grads students, post docs, faculty and wives like myself and Krug the Thinker


Above is Marcia Brown from the Women’s Club (CWC) Introducing Alicia, sorry I know the picture isn’t very good, but it’s still a picture.

Alicia was greta she talked about how her love for fashion developed and some of the things that she first started doing, for example falling in love with Vogue magazine (and to be honest who wouldn’t) and cutting articles and images from the magazine and then pinning it to her bedroom walls.

She advised the strangest thing that happened to her was being called trendy and her reaction was kind of like, “well, that’s not what I was going for,  for those of you who know me it sounds a lot like me. Considering I’m known for buying things at the end of the season and holding on to them for a couple more seasons then starting to wear them. When it comes back into fashion I could then try to convince people I made that trendy, haha yeah right like anyone would believe that. Plus I’m not one for being trendy, comfort is how I roll.

Anyway, enough of me back to Alicia.

She showed us her fashion Bible which was given to her by a friend when she started her studies.


She then went onto say how she had met a Caltech Student on a South Western flight from New York and they got talking about his work and her work as a designer. Then it came to pinnacle that she would like to do a clothing line science based. She came up with the name  She got this name from the image on her label for Original Tomboy, the squared acts as the science part and the X from her label the Northern Kentucky routes of the line.


She showed us how she was creating a Wabi Sabi feel to the line for example denim with petina zippers, as it shows that objects become more beautiful with age.

We were also shown how to play safely with bleach, t-shirts and lab coats (now that’s an unexpected combination)



She also showed us how an Original Tomboy dresses, jeans-wise. Kind of like mens jeans, looser fitting, higher waist/hip and deeper pockets.


The night ended with her showing some of her newest pieces and a raffle draw which I didn’t win. 😥


Anyway a good night was had by all.


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