How many Seattleites can say they've been on a first-name basis with Rihanna? Kristie Metcalf, the designer behind local ready-to-wear line Calotype, met the megastar when she competed on Bravo's reality show Styled to Rock last year. Since then, she's been preparing her upcoming fall collection for the IDRS show on September 24.

How's that coming along? We're glad you asked ...

 

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.

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