Janelle Arnold had a 10 look collection from her newly launched fashion line ‘Dorotheaa’ at the event.
PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland Fashion Week is all about bringing the fashion community together. As part of that, the work of a young, up-and-coming Portland-based designer hit the runway.
Janelle Arnold is starting small, but she’s instigating some big changes. The 24-year-old has always had a knack for fashion.
“I remember being in elementary school and drawing little pictures and clothes — they weren’t great, but it was a start,” Arnold explained.
From these humble beginnings, the Grant High School graduate studied fashion design at New York’s Marist College. A year ago, she launched her own fashion line, Dorothea, which focuses on diversity and inclusion in colorful, bold designs.
Arnold says this collection and what it stands for is an important mission to her.
“For one, growing up I didn’t see much diversity in the fashion industry,” she says. Arnold said she hopes to make a difference in the industry.
The first step of change began with a 10-look collection worn on the Portland Fashion Week runway. The bold and colorful look reflects Arnold’s passion for size and model diversity.
“I would love to have clothes for all women,” she said.
Making fashion an option for everyone is what the designers at the show like to see on the catwalk.
“Dorothea’s collection isn’t just about contrast in color and fabric, and models are intentionally chosen to highlight that contrast,” said Portland Fashion Week attendee Liz Stark.
While the event marks Arnold’s first collection, it certainly won’t be his last. She’s headed to San Diego Fashion Week in October to showcase a new collection, hoping to inspire others along the way.
“The ones that come after me are the younger ones,” Arnold said, “so (they) see that, ‘Oh, this is something I can pursue, this is something I can do, because I see people who look like me.’ I have a similar story.
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