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Kara Wickman

A Hidden Meaning

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“I’m always trying to come up with more and more pieces for the woman on the go,” Kara Wickman says. “She’s who I design for.” The mother of two is always looking for ways to meld fashion and function. For her Fall/Winter 2013 collection, she’s focusing more on the signature look of her first designs: corsetry.

“I’m really passionate about functional corsets - something you can wear under a blazer with a skirt to the office,” Kara says. “I just love making them. They flatter a woman’s body. They just hug your curves and force you to sit up and have good posture. You feel more powerful in a corset.” Unlike the complicated, lace-up corsetry of old, Kara’s designs feel modern and wearable. “I think it’s ageless – a girl in her 20s can go out at night in a corset and jeans, and a professional woman could wear it with slacks to the office and feel a little sassy underneath,” she explains. “A well made corset can just change your whole wardrobe.”

For her runway show, expect to see unexpected juxtapositions of fabric and design, especially luxe winter brocade and velvet. “I don’t want to give it all away,” she says. “There are going to be a couple of little twists in there as well.” Kara Wickman will be presenting at 8pm on Tuesday, January 29, at the Providence Biltmore.

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