MICA alumna and Baltimore native Jordan Matthews, 24, answered the fashion calling early on—and after spying her latest designs in our upcoming April issue, you’ll be glad she did. Matthews started at MICA with her eyes set on photography, but quickly made the switch to fiber arts. Since graduating in 2014, Matthews has become one of the city’s leading fashion and costume designers, making bold art-inspired fashions and running her own label. The latest from her line can be found online and at Entropy Ink & Boutique.
Below, we had the chance to pick her brain about all things fashion. Stay tuned for our April issue, on newsstands later this month, to see her designs.
Baltimore STYLE: What’s your favorite piece?
Jordan Matthews: I have two. A dress I made for my graduation party—it was painted, pastel [colored] with a sweetheart neckline and a long flowy neon mesh skirt. This other time I made an all painted gown, it was black and white and neon yellow. Too bad I cut them both!
STYLE: If you weren’t a designer what do you think you’d be doing?
JM: I’d be doing photography.
STYLE: How would you describe your own personal style/how you dress on a day-to-day basis?
JM: It depends on where I’m going and what I’m doing. Overall, I love to be comfortable and have an effortlessly chic look.
STYLE: What about Baltimore inspires you?
JM: The whole culture and feel of Baltimore, especially the way that the art scene is growing.
STYLE: What has your journey as a designer been like?
JM: With everything, I’ve had my challenges. For the most part, it’s been really rewarding. A great learning experience.
STYLE: Who are some of your favorite designers?
JM: Viktor and Rolf, Hussein Chalayan, Marc Jacobs and Oscar de la Renta.
Tomorrow meet Kerry Leikus.