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Leslie Kinson wins first Raiments Award, is featured in Time and on Today show

Leslie Kinson, a CC sophomore, is the recipient of the newly established Raiments Award sponsored by the Colorado College Costume Shop. Kinson's proposal is focused on the study of bias-cut garments, and in particular the work of Vionnet. Her research project will include reconstruction of Vionnet gowns, and documentation on the experiences of the models wearing these gowns. She was awarded funding for drafting supplies, fabric for mock-ups and gowns, notions, findings and other miscellaneous expenses for research and construction of the dresses. Her construction projects and final paper are expected to be completed before the end of the 2006-2007 academic year, with public showing of the gowns to be announced.

Kinson said she considered fashion-design schools but felt Colorado College was the best choice for her. Immediately upon arrival, she asked the campus activities department if the college had a sewing club. "They said, 'No, but do you want to start one?' I thought that was amazing," she said. She founded the CC Sewing Club as a first-year student; members create their own clothing lines for the annual student-run CC Fashion Show in February. Kinson was quoted in a November 2006 Time magazine article about the resurgence of sewing, and she and members of the club were featured in a January 2007 "Today" show story about sewing's comeback.