The Colorado Institute of Art recently held a competition in which its fashion design students were given the challenge of designing a swimsuit for the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders 2016 calendar. Student Nicole Marsch was deemed the winner, and her look adorns cheerleader Gioia Bartalo. The look debuted at the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders Calendar Release Party, which was held last week at the Tavern Downtown. Here is what Marsh had to say about her design and her future in fashion.
Alaina Brandenburger: How long have you been designing clothes?
Nicole Marsch: I discovered my love for fashion back in high school while taking a Fashion Merchandising class. In that class, we learned the business side of fashion, but would do some sketching as well. That was when I realized my love for creating and that I wanted to be a designer. It wasn’t until I went to The Art Institute of Colorado where I learned how to create merchandise. Just after my first year, I learned how to construct garments out of patterns, how to make patterns, and all different kinds of sewing techniques. I had never made a swimsuit before this opportunity, but with all the education I was provided beforehand, I knew what steps I had to take in order to make a successful garment.
AB: What inspired this swimsuit design?
NM: The uniforms that the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders wear during their performances inspired this swimsuit. I wanted it to look sporty but still be recognized as a swimsuit. It was important to me, that I found the right shades of orange and blue to make the suit as authentic as possible. I used fabrics, such as mesh, to make the top and bottom have a jersey look to it. The director of the DBC, Shawna Peters, and DBC make-up artist, Sedrique Olison, were helpful in getting the actual ‘Broncos’ logo screen printed onto my fabric.
AB: Do you have any interest in pursuing swimwear/activewear exclusively, or are your typical designs more versatile?
NM: After creating my first swimsuit, I discovered an interest in designing more of them. Once I graduate, I hope to have my own company, Pearl Rose Petites, which is exclusively for petite women. What makes this company unique is that most petite brands don’t account for all petite body shapes and could fit poorly. Right now, my collection features garments that can be worn on many occasions. Being made out of knit fabrics, these clothes are comfortable and meant to travel well. Working with knits so often has taught me appropriate techniques for this type of fabric, which was helpful in the construction of the DBC swimsuit. In the future, I would be very interested in having a collection of swimwear/activewear for petites.