Todd Oldham was born in Texas and made his first dress at the age of 15 by sewing together pillowcases. Mr. Oldham's first job was doing alterations at the Polo Ralph Lauren store in Dallas Texas.
Borrowing 100 dollars from his parents he bought 41 yards of white cotton jersey, dyed it and put together a small collection. Mr. Oldham sold it to Neiman Marcus. Todd Oldham has been inspired by potholders, wallpaper, toasters, paint by number paintings, and garage sale treasures to name a few. His style is fun, colorful and exuberant. These are pictures I took at the RISD exhibition of his work.
The first outfit above is a salmon colored quilted coat from the front and back over an intricate beaded dress. The second is a beaded and embroidered dress with a huge train.
Below a dress inspired by Todd Oldham's childhood game Lite-Brite. The second is a suit completely made of ribbon.
Below....how do you make tie-dye evening? you cover it in sequins. The next dresses shows what a master he is with textiles and embellisment.
Examples of his shoes, jewelry and findings.
I want to thank the Rhode Island School Of Design Museum for putting on such an amazing exhibition of Todd Oldham's designs. Mr Oldham is a real inspiration.