Contributing Monkie Sarah Backhouse
Published on January 3, 2008
If you’re looking for a slice of sustainable style that stands out from the crowd, you’ll find it in the one bedroom Brooklyn apartment of designer Caitlan Mociun. Her eponymous label (which is pronounced “motion”) has gorgeously graced the pages of Nylon, Elle and Anthem, and her best selling mumus are favored by young & famous fashionistas like Mischa Barton.
A graduate from Rhode Island School of Design specializing in textile design, Caitlin is self-taught in garment construction and pattern making. Not bad for someone whose front tie dresses are often credited with having the “perfect fit”. But what sets Mociun apart are the prints. Her quirky textiles could stand alone as works of art, and each garment is hand printed by the designer. Cailtin favors sustainable fabrics like organic cotton and bamboo, but is looking into other eco- textiles like “a synthetic fabric that is made from recycled airbags. It’s a beautiful and interesting fabric, which simultaneously cuts down on waste”.
Caitlin’s influences are numerous and diverse from the flora and fauna on her 120-acre childhood home in Nevada City, California to the fine art on which she often bases her collections, and her inexplicable pull towards native American culture.
Mociun proves that when it comes to fashion, the fine print is nothing to be afraid of.