1. Eye-catching Design
  • Eye-catching Design

    May 06, 2016
    By Evelyn Padilla/3M Storyteller
    Lys Quintero’s kimono, modeled by 3Mer Chantal Courteau Lys Quintero’s kimono, modeled by 3Mer Chantal Courteau Lys Quintero’s kimono, modeled by 3Mer Chantal Courteau

    Eye-catching Design

    Astrology, underwater life and Japanese culture all inspired Lys Quintero to create an avant garde two-piece kimono. “I’ve been fascinated with Japanese culture since I was 12 years old,” says the fashion student. “I want to live there one day.” Intrigued by technology, Lys liked the challenge of working with unconventional fabrics to design a functional garment.

    Eye-catching Design

    Astrology, underwater life and Japanese culture all inspired Lys Quintero to create an avant garde two-piece kimono. “I’ve been fascinated with Japanese culture since I was 12 years old,” says the fashion student. “I want to live there one day.” Intrigued by technology, Lys liked the challenge of working with unconventional fabrics to design a functional garment.

    Clothing design illustration, demonstrating the work Lys Quintero put into her Kimono design. Clothing design illustration, demonstrating the work Lys Quintero put into her Kimono design. Clothing design illustration, demonstrating the work Lys Quintero put into her Kimono design.

     

    Lys used reflective material to create fish-like scales and geometric patterns. A self-taught graphic designer, she also created the star-like patterns that adorn the front of her garment. What she didn’t imagine was the amount of science that would go into her design. “I spent nearly 50 percent of my time testing how the material would work with other fabrics.” She used vinyl, saying it makes the kimono seem like it is floating.

     

    Lys used reflective material to create fish-like scales and geometric patterns. A self-taught graphic designer, she also created the star-like patterns that adorn the front of her garment. What she didn’t imagine was the amount of science that would go into her design. “I spent nearly 50 percent of my time testing how the material would work with other fabrics.” She used vinyl, saying it makes the kimono seem like it is floating.

    Young image of Lys Quintero making art. Young image of Lys Quintero making art. Young image of Lys Quintero making art.

     

    It was no surprise that at a young age, Lys knew she would pursue an artistic career. She was born in Colombia into a family of artists – her mother an abstract, contemporary painter; her father a realistic, figurative painter. Lys dreamed of being a famous fashion designer. “It was a romantic dream at first,” she says. “After a while I realized how difficult it is to succeed, and that I could use my talent in other areas of design.” Lys plans to continue her education and aspires to become an art director.

     

    It was no surprise that at a young age, Lys knew she would pursue an artistic career. She was born in Colombia into a family of artists – her mother an abstract, contemporary painter; her father a realistic, figurative painter. Lys dreamed of being a famous fashion designer. “It was a romantic dream at first,” she says. “After a while I realized how difficult it is to succeed, and that I could use my talent in other areas of design.” Lys plans to continue her education and aspires to become an art director.

    Lys Quintero stands next to the 3M Innovation Center Lys Quintero stands next to the 3M Innovation Center Lys Quintero stands next to the 3M Innovation Center

     

    Lys rose to the top in a contest held by 3M in partnership with a fashion school in Montreal. Students were asked to incorporate 3M Scotchlite Reflective Material into their designs. She took home the grand prize: a scholarship and a trip to 3M’s headquarters. “During this trip, I learned a lot about science,” Lys says. “The testing is the process that really fascinates me.”

     

    Lys rose to the top in a contest held by 3M in partnership with a fashion school in Montreal. Students were asked to incorporate 3M Scotchlite Reflective Material into their designs. She took home the grand prize: a scholarship and a trip to 3M’s headquarters. “During this trip, I learned a lot about science,” Lys says. “The testing is the process that really fascinates me.”

    3M Scotchlite Reflective Material
    CEGEP MARIE-VICTORIN FASHION SCHOOL