By Elise Borja
Photos: Victorria Barreras
On Sept. 28, our blog writers received backstage access and a front row view of the 19th Amendment Flash Fashion Shows that took place here in Boston. Amanda Curtis, the CEO and founder of 19th Amendment, planned three fashion shows throughout the city in honor of her company’s launch. The first was presented at 5:30 p.m. on Newbury Street, the second in the center court of The Prudential Center at 6:30 and the last at Faneuil Hall at 7:30. Each went off without warning, causing tourists and Bostonians alike to gather around the catwalk to catch a glimpse of the spectacle.
19th Amendment is a fashion portfolio site that gives up-and-coming designers in Boston the ability to launch their lines without worrying about the financial hardships many designers face today. One of the many emerging designers that have been working with 19th Amendment is Emily Sawich, designer of Counter Couture.
Sawich is a young designer that has been working on her line for several years and is one of 13 designers that presented at Saturday’s fashion shows. She has been making her own patterns for about four years, but has always been interested in design.
“I’ve always been creative but I never knew what I wanted to do. I was all over the place. Now looking back, I was drawing fashion on Barbie dolls and sewing doll clothes. Fashion didn’t really come to me until I woke up one day and realized I need to be making my own patterns,” Sawich said.
Currently, Sawich is on a leave of absence from Massachusetts College of Art & Design to expand her fashion line and pursue her dream to become a prominent name in the fashion world. Many of her designs show classic pieces that are given an alternative twist, such as a shirt with muskrat vertebrae down the back, one of many pieces shown in the 19th Amendment shows.
Sawich’s designs truly showed that she isn’t afraid to stretch away from fashion norms and stay true to her personal style and inspiration. To learn more about Emily Sawich and her line, you can follow her Instagram at @counter_couture.