MNfashion Feature: Nicole Larson

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Our MNfashion blog series is focused on highlighting a few of the local designers that will be showing in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Fashion Week starting Sep. 23rd. To learn more and get tickets for the events head over to MNfashion's site.

Our third fashion feature is Nicole Larson who hails from across the river in Saint Paul where she studied fashion design at the College of Visual Arts. In fact, Nicole ended up being the first fashion major at CVA and was the only one from her class in the program. She also spent some time in Paris, France to further her fashion studies at the Parsons Paris School of Art and Design.

"When I was very young I loved the costumes and fashions seen in films. I have been illustrating gowns and various garments ever since I can remember," said Nicole as she reflected on what got her into the field. Although she does have a love for main stream fashion her real love is with costume design. In fact, her long term goal is to move to Los Angeles to work on movie productions.

Nicole's MNfashion collection is for Spring/Summer 2013. She was inspired by a trip to Romania in which she found the people in the villages to be enchanting. However, the traveling gypsy’s and the mystery surrounding their life journeys also intrigued Nicole. She brought back traditional fabrics to incorporate into her garments and the resulting looks "are a mix of traditional Romanian costume mixed with the edginess of a gypsy. My looks remind me a bit of a theatrical ballet," states Nicole.

Nicole Larson will be a part of the first runway show of MNfashion Week on Tuesday, September 25 along with designers Christopher Straub and Lindsey Hopkins. Get your tickets now and check out a bit more of her fashion work after the jump.

One of Nicole's Fashion Sketchs for the Collection

A Bit of Nicole's Previous Work


Woohoo! Go, Nicole! Highly recommend the CVA fashion program for any students that might be interested in fashion design.

Great one there Nicole. The university of Nigeria, Nsukka supports such wonderful arts and arts appreciation even through its department of fine and applied arts. For more information on this , visit

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