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DiMartino... James DiMartino

Student designer to present new line at the Waldron

POSTED AT 12:00 AM ON Mar. 20, 2008 

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For the past three years, IU senior James DiMartino has worked hard on his own fashion line. Today, his James Bond-inspired clothing line will be revealed at his self-produced fashion show.

DiMartino’s “I Admire Your Luck” Resort 2008 Fashion Show will take place at 7 p.m. at the John Waldon Arts Center Auditorium.

DiMartino, a fifth-year senior, worked on all of his designs from start to finish, including drawing sketches, buying material and actually sewing the clothes.

He has created a resort line featuring James Bond-inspired clothing items. Focusing on the first six Bond films, the clothing line is 1960s-oriented, with icons like Sean Connery having large influence.

Senior Charnee Drake, a model in DiMartino’s show, said, “it’s a really nice collection of clothes with a wide variety.”

Besides the creating original designs, DiMartino has managed every aspect of his fashion show.

“I have experience with event planning through my band,” DiMartino said. “Also, last summer, I worked for Zang Toi. He had me come back to New York in September for Fashion Week, and I worked behind the scenes.”

His fashion show will be filmed and photographed for New York designers. After graduation, DiMartino will move to New York in hopes of working with these designers.

“After my own show, I will have done it, but I still have a lot to learn,” DiMartino said.

Eventually, he would like to run his own fashion line. Although he has created other clothing lines, including a T-shirt line, this will be his first fashion show exhibiting his own work.

Junior Nicole Album, a dresser for the show, said she is excited to see what DiMartino has produced.

“It’s his first personal fashion show,” Album said. “When we do our presentations, it’s the first time for us, as (Individualized Major Program) majors, to express ourselves.”

 

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