Gallery 2022 – Lauryn Oliver

Knitwear

Sense of Comfort

My thesis was inspired by my personal journey with having Sensory Processing Disorder. Sensory issues have always played a major role in my relationship with clothing, so using high-quality natural fibers and various multi-textural knits were essential elements of my design. It was important that I created a cocoon-like sense of comfort that would accommodate individuals with sensory sensitivities by making them feel safe and promote a positive outlook on the possibilities of their wardrobe.

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Side view photo of a girl standing, wearing ecru knit multi-stitch dress and matching bulky knit dickie

Side view of multi-stitch cocoon dress with pleated shoulder detail and multi-textural sleeves

Photo of a girl sitting on a bed wearing ecru multi-stitch dress with white knit thigh-high socks and crocheted fur bonnet

Outfit complimented with faux fur crocheted bonnet as matching accessory

Photo of a girl laying down on a bed wearing ecru multi-stitch dress with white knit thigh-high socks and matching bulky knit dickie. One hand is placed over her head, while the other is placed on her stomach.

Outfit featuring snowy white cozy thigh-high socks as matching accessory

Aerial photo of a girl sitting on a bed in multi-stitch knit ecru dress with matching bulky knit dickie. Her hands are placed on either side of her.

Aerial view: Multi-textural dickie knit with ethically sourced 100% hand-spun alpaca yarn

Front view photo of a girl standing, wearing ecru knit multi-stitch dress and matching bulky knit dickie

Front view: 2×2 rib knit panels, further taken in by hand at waist for cinched effect

Meet the Designer

Lauryn Oliver

Amityville, New York

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Credits:

Photographer: Maribel Khouwes
Model: Lauryn Oliver

FIT, State University of New York

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