Assistant Teaching Professor, 2015-present, Oxford Campus (Fashion)
Flora Dress, 2020
Draped digitally printed fabric
60 x 18 x 16 inches
Femme Nue Dress, 2020 Draped digitally printed fabric
60 x 24 x 30 inches
Fashion Professor Della Reams has been creating one-of-a-kind textiles and apparel since earning an MFA in Textiles from RISD (Rhode Island School of Design) in 2005. Collaboratively developing digitally-printed fabric designs based on paintings, she makes them into pattern-focused dress designs for gallery exhibition. Reams’ work has been shown in nine countries and earned several awards. Her work has appeared in Boston Globe Magazine, Self Magazine, New York Times Magazine, Surface Design Journal, and other periodicals, as well as books Artistry in Fiber Vol 3: Wearable Art, Textiles: The Art of Mankind, and The PATTERNBASE.
In collaboration with New York-based artist Larry Rushing, these dresses were made using fine art painting, digital design and printing, fashion draping, and sewing by hand and machine. Reams’ work was inspired by Rushing’s paintings, and color and pattern in relation to the female form. Rushing’s work is inspired by his belief that femininity is the center of creativity and the improvisational rhythm of jazz. The integration of an original two-dimensional design into a three-dimensional garment form is the goal in this series. The two paintings that inspired these dresses are Flora Rush and Grosse Femme Nue.