Fall '18: Redemption

Redemption: 1. the action of saving or being saved from sin, error, or evil. and/or 2. the action of regaining or gaining possession of something in exchange for payment, or clearing a debt.



For the longest, I felt like I was in a season of redemption. I felt like I wasn’t good enough to be this designer I’d always imagined myself to be simply because things didn’t go the way I wanted them to go. Not to mention the saturation that the fashion industry is currently undergoing. So being in a season of redemption, I felt like I needed to prove a point to others, when really the only person I needed to convince was myself. I got really frustrated one day with my job and this fall collection was birthed out of that frustration.



I started this collection with Look 2 in mind. This print was developed by me in photoshop over a year ago and I never got the chance to make anything with it. I fell in love with a sunset that I came across on Google and recreated the color scheme in photoshop and got it printed on organic cotton fabric. From there I started researching 1930s fashion and complied a few design ideas together to create Look 2. It originally started off as a 1 piece dress, but hours before this photoshoot, I changed it into a two piece because this fabric has absolutely no give and I was afraid that something bad was going to happen when trying to put it on her after her hair and makeup would be done during a quick change. always follow your gut instinct

Look 1 was created out of a whim. I had purchased this fabric from the Dallas jobber market over two years ago and decided to just go with whatever would come out of it. Summer is never truly over in the south anyway so an outfit like Look 1 is always welcomed.

Lesson Learned

I am happy with the outcome of this collection for more than 1 reason. I no longer feel like I have to be redeemed in the eyes of others. This collection showed me how much talent I truly have from the color scheme to designing to making my own patterns to sewing all the way down to the styling and directing of the photoshoot. I literally did it ALL. I even stuck to the deadline I gave myself and finished it on time.

Tidbit : If you follow fashion trends at all, you will see two piece sets inspired from the 90s a lot this fall season.

Look 1


Look 2


Model: Trace

Photographer: Chyna

Designer, Stylist, Photoshoot Director: KiYada Upshaw

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Love, Light, & Peace to you



KiYada Upshaw

24 year old millennial building an overnight success story 1 week at a time. Talking about building a fashion brand while being a young newly wed keeping God at the full font of the relationship and career.