Metcalf began designing at a young age, sewing outfits for her cats on a My Little Pony sewing machine. She studied costume design, textiles, and fine art at Western Washington University, and then continued her education in areas like graphic design, printmaking, and screen-printing. Calotype is an amalgam of all of the above; a combination of bright, digitally printed fabric with modern cuts.
The dresses shown here are from Erdem's Pre-Fall 2014 collection. "This is my dream fabric: structured metallic. The silhouette, too, is great. Very classic; yet the overall look is really modern."
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Metcalf's ready-to-wear designs are also heavily influenced by street style. "This is a truly inspiring shot," she says. "The draped back of this dress is gorgeous, coupled with her hair and accessories."
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Form and Function
"I'm obsessed with crystals and geometry." Geometric shapes pop up not only in the cuts and shapes of Metcalf's pieces, but in the prints digitally applied to them as well.
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Dream to Dress
When we asked who she'd most like to dress, Metcalf responded, "Kelly Osbourne! And I came close to dressing her even. I really love her style. She takes risks and has fun but also knows what proportions and silhouettes work for her body." Metcalf created this aptly-named silk Kelly dress specifically for Kelly Osbourne when she was a contestant on Bravo's Styled to Rock.