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Wilmette native wins first place in fashion design competition

Born Free USA FFFashion first place winner Colin Macgregor. Submitted photo.
Winning entry “Boom, Bam, Pow." Photo by Wes Davis.

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Wilmette native Colin MacGregor won first place in Born Free USA's fifth annual Fur Free Fashion Competition for his "Boom Bam Pow" patchwork sweater.

A graduate of New Trier High School, MacGregor's sweater design was inspired by his childhood obsession with superheroes, basing his winning piece on classic comic books. 

As a designer MacGregor is looking to incorporate fashion with sustainability, which is the focus of Born Free's competition. Judges in this year's competition included big names in the fashion industry: actress Joanna Lumley, designer Elizabeth Emanuel and model Joanna Krupa.

We followed up with Colin to find out more about his award winning piece.

Who was your favorite superhero growing up?

My favorite superhero was always Storm from Marvel's X-Men comics. It's hard to pick just one, as a huge draw of comics for me was the variety of powers and personalities wrapped up in a single storyline. 
 
Do you have a comic book collection?
I do have a comic book collection, though I haven't added to it in a while. I actually became interested in comics through the television shows I watched as a child, and that interest then developed into both reading comics and creating my own.
 
Where did you source the materials for the sweater?
I sourced the material from UKI. My work that semester revolved around the  different prints I was creating and combining in patchwork garments, and the way that you create prints on a knitting machine can really strain the yarn. When choosing my material, I decided to use this mercerized cotton for both its vibrant color and its strength. I prefer to use natural fabrics and this cotton seemed like the obvious choice.
 
The judges for this competition were some pretty big names. Did you know who would be judging your work and did you find it nerve-wracking at any point?
I did know who would be judging the work, which was intimidating but also exciting. It's great to be given the opportunity to have your work viewed by industry experts. 
 
What kind of pieces would you like to create in the future?
I am currently in the process of designing my senior thesis collection, which will be a combination of different textile techniques I have been developing. I recently learned how to program industrial knitting machines, so I'm planning to use that knowledge to create unique prints that are engineered to make interesting and aesthetically unique clothing. There's a lot left to plan and design, but what I've been working on lately is taking me in a really exciting direction. 
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www.colinmacgregor.com

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