WSU fashion student heads clothing brand | Culture & Leisure
Wayne State student Madison Muszynski created outfits for the WSU dance team in early October as part of the Virtual Dance Collaboratory.
Muszynski said she was chosen to create various clothes for the residency of the dance team with choreographer Lawrence Fung.
âI came up with 11 personalized, unique and recycled clothing looks for each dancer in a very short time,â said Muszynski. “I had about three weeks to do it.”
Besides being a full-time fashion student, Muszynski works full-time and makes clothes her hobby and passion, she said. It produces clothing through its 707 Clothing Heaven brand.
Her passion for fashion started at a young age and developed by taking fashion related classes.
âIt was super interesting working with dance models instead of models,â Muszynski said. âIt was nice to see the clothes move on their body compared to the usual body movement of the models. It was a very unique experience. ”
Muszynski said almost all of his clothes are durable pieces. They are knitted, stretchy and comfortable fabrics.
âFor these parts, I knew not to use materials that compress,â said Muszynski. “I used a lot of recycled tights or whatever I could find in thrift stores that I could cut and sew.”
When Muszynski creates her pieces, she also considers what she would want from a bespoke piece, she said.
âEverything I create is quite comfortable,â said Muszynski. “I don’t really want to wear anything stiff either, so I also design these clothes as what I would like to wear and what I would like to move into.”
Taya Malgay, Virtual Dance Collaboratory member and WSU dance student, said the concept of Fung led to Muszynski’s creations.
âWhen it came to Lawrence’s costumed movie dance, he mentioned his vision of ‘planting zombies’ and wanting a variety of colors,â Malgay said.
Malagasy said she had never heard of or owned any pieces by Muszynski, but added one to her Christmas list after wearing it to dance.
âMy favorite part of the costume that was provided to me was definitely the skirt,â said Malgay. âIt was so cute and trendy. I would definitely wear the full outfit outside of the ranks if I could keep it. “
Working with Muszynski has been a very successful and fun experience, said Malgay. She also said she liked how unique the clothes were compared to other brands.
âWhen I wore Madison’s clothes, I felt comfortable, free and confident,â said Malgay. âMy favorite thing about her brand is how universal the clothes are for all bodies. The suspenders and belts are stretchy and can even be tied more or less tight as needed.
Muszynski said she made all of her clothes in her Detroit apartment and never lost a piece of fabric. She also uses her materials to craft quilted pockets, pillows, and more.
Muszynski said she makes orders for customers who want custom pieces.
Reginald Hawkins, a public relations and music technology student at WSU, said he worked with Muszynski on custom pieces.
âI met Madison through Jay Stallworth and initially we just just hang out and try out all the new designs she was working on,â Hawkins said. “We basically had mini fashion shows in her home studio space and we were dancing to (Lady) Gaga.”
Hawkins says they have a lot of clothes made by Muszynski. They have worn her clothes for music videos and live performances.
âI would show him a treatment or a moodboard that I had worked on for this project and I would describe to him what I was looking for in relation to that,â Hawkins said. “But I still wanted to give it a range to create and experiment with.”
Hawkins carried the Muszynski tracks for their EP release from “Black Popstar” to The Loving Touch, their music video for “To Each His Own” and for Fun Evenings.
âI have a lot of clothes from her,â they said. âThere are two that I really like: pants that she made for my EP release show. I thought they were so hot and really matched my personal style. Another two-piece set she made was lace and mostly sheer. I wore it in LA, I love it when she makes these barely visible clothes with sheer fabrics that are tight and sexy.
Hawkins said they would like more clothing from Muszynski, especially for the upcoming winter season.
âWhen I wear 707 I feel sexy and that whatever I wear, no one is going to have it,â Hawkins said. âI love showing off my body and I think the materials she uses really allow me to do that. Overall, with the brand, I like that they use durable materials. I try to focus on as little waste as possible and when I wear 707 I feel like I do.
Marisa Kalil-Barrino is the Arts and Entertainment Editor-in-Chief at The South End. She can be reached at [email protected]
Cover photo of WSU Dance Team wearing 707 Clothing Heaven items courtesy of Madison Muszynski.