Artist • Clothing Engineer • Lover of all things beautiful
A Trunk Show • Margaret E. Mooney Hall
Saturday, October 12 + Sunday, October 14, 2018
10:00 AM – 4:oo PM each day
Laura Tanzer honed her fashion illustration skills at Parsons School of Design and technical skills at Fashion Institute of Technology, graduating with honors. She worked on Seventh Avenue in the fashion industry for several years before attending business school. Laura graduated from NYU’s Stern School of Business with a bachelor’s degree in international marketing and an MBA in international finance.
To better understand the fundamentals of sustainable practice, Laura pursued a PhD at the University of Arizona’s School of Renewable Natural Resources. (Dissertation completed, but not defended.) That knowledge was the final input for creating a sustainable women’s clothing design business.
It was always Laura’s intent to combine her business and fashion skills to create a company that would reflect her love for fashion while also applying the sustainable practice concepts that she taught at the University of Arizona. Founded in October 2013, Laura Tanzer, LLC is the embodiment of that intent.
I was born an artist. I’ve been drawing since I could hold a pencil. I’ve experimented with many forms of two and three-dimensional media, mastering most (ah, Virgo perfectionism), and mixing those that jazz me.
But my desire, my passion, my most creative expression, comes through designing clothing. I cannot resist the sensuality of textiles. I succumb to the call of color and form, the desire to sculpt, to paint with texture and pattern, to mold perfection to that most perfect and complex of nature’s masterpiece – the human body. How sublime! How challenging! No two are alike, yet we all come equipped with the same accoutrements.
And so. The ideas flow from anything and everything. A mood. An art installation. A visit to a new place. A snip of textile from long ago. Media is mixed and curated. Ideas are generated. Illustrations drawn. The sculpting begins. Fabric draped. Mannequin pinned. First draft cut and sewn and nipped and tucked.
It’s the process that both stimulates and soothes.