BA English Lit, 1999, Washington University; BA Fashion Design, 2003, Columbia College Chicago; MA Social Work, 2011, University of Chicago. Concurrent Position: Owner/Designer, Production Mode; Co-owner/Designer, Department of Curiosities. Exhibitions/Presentations: Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago; Arts Club of Chicago, Wayne State University, Detroit; Columbia College, Chicago; Marshall Brown Projects, Chicago. Publications: Billboard Magazine, Crain's Chicago, Chicago Magazine. Awards: Changemaker, Chicago Fair Trade.
Jamie Hayes' interests lie at the intersection of fashion, art, labor, and identity. Her approach is both collaborative and customized. She believes that clothes should fit one's body (not the other way around); that people should wear what flatters and interests them rather than what someone else dictates is fashionable; that style is a form of self-expression; and that everyone in the chain of production of clothing should be paid a living wage.
She has worked in the fashion industry since 1999, and in the field of immigrant and labor rights since 2009. Her recent work merges these two paths: she has designed for fair trade organizations including SERRV, Intercrafts Peru, and Threads of Yunnan, and has volunteered as a Campaign Leader for Chicago Fair Trade, helping to pass an ordinance mandating that apparel procured by the City of Chicago be sweatshop-free. She is the owner and designer of a slow fashion line of clothing and accessories with a focus on collaboratively designed materials, Production Mode, and also co-designs a line of luxury slow fashion lingerie and nightwear, Department of Curiosities.
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