Lucien “Luke” Baird has done fashion sketches since he was a child, but he came to NC State with interests in science and biology.
“I actually started as a biology major,” he says. “Then I started reading up on the textile program, and in that program you still get to be analytical, which is something I enjoy.”
Eventually, he transitioned to the College of Textiles, where he excelled.
Baird’s designs have now become a brand, one that he describes in three words: eclectic, eccentric and enigmatic.
“I enjoy taking unusual things and putting them into nontraditional places,” he says. “It’s nothing you would see at a department store. I want women who buy my designs to dress how they want to and be who they want to be through their clothing.”
The motivation for his designs comes from several different places. Baird, a native of Swansboro, N.C., says, “growing up on the coast, I would have the ocean and the waves to draw from. And I’ve always had an interest in the Victorian era, when you had long gowns and conservative outfits. Sometimes it’s all over the place, but when it comes together, everything fits into place.”
Baird, a 2013 NC State graduate, will present his 2014 fall collection at the Contemporary Art Museum of Raleigh (CAM) on October 19 from 3-5 p.m. Baird’s clothing designs for women will be on display, and attendees will have a chance to meet him.
Baird hopes exposure from the fashion show will get his clothes into local stores. “Recently, CAM has supported a lot of talented, local artists,” he says. “Justin LeBlanc recently had a show there. I’m just trying to get more people to know about me as a women’s clothing designer.”