Lynne Dixon-Speller wants to put women in the swim
The way Lynne Dixon-Speller sees it, there are two kinds of women in the world:
"The ones who want to be on the beach with everything hanging out, and the ones who want everything covered up."
She should know. As a swimsuit designer, she sees them all -- including those willing to pay $200 for one of her custom-made creations.
"I help women who otherwise would not be seen in a swimsuit go out and have an attitude," says the Columbia resident, who teaches apparel design at the University of Delaware.
While many women are preparing to hang up their suits for the season, she's working on summer 1993, coming up with skimpier styles in iridescent fabrics.
Although her company, Lynear Systems, creates bridal gowns, glitzy swimsuits are her favorites. They have been featured in Threads, a trade publication, and one has been on display at the Black Fashion Museum in New York.
She not only stands by her work; she wears it. "I've had two children, and my body reflects that," says Ms. Dixon-Speller, 32. "But I make a two-piece with a tie across the front of your stomach that acts like a little girdle."
Her future plans?
"Sports Illustrated," she says. "If I never sold a swimsuit after that, I would have reached my goal."
If Shana Kroiz had her way, women wouldn't buy jewelry to match their clothing. They'd buy clothing to match their jewelry.
What else would you expect from the young jewelry designer whose enameled brooches and earrings look more like sculpture than accessories?
"I really don't like to see my work next to little diamond earrings," says the 25-year-old Mount Washington resident. "Jewelry should be looked at as another art form."
As the coordinator of the Maryland Institute's new jewelry design program, she plans to teach students that -- and many other things -- this fall.
Despite teaching classes and studying for her master's at Towson State University, she never tires of creating pieces, the latest of which resemble primitive tools.
"Working is a nice thing for me," she says. "You get to spend this intimate time with a piece. I hate to give them up."
She pauses before revising the thought.
"There are," she admits, "occasional pieces that haven't gotten out of the desk drawer."