I've never designed clothes.
I've never chosen fabrics.
I've never photographed fashion.
I don't know how to make a garment pattern.
I don't know how to sew.
I have three weeks to do all of the above.
come up with a concept inspired by new york city
collect visual references
When thinking of New York, the first thing that comes to mind is the epic skyline. This image, which is composed by architecture, is a universal and impersonal depiction of New York. It confirms its reputation of being cold, big and overwhelming. The next day, as I was riding the night subway back to Manhattan after Bushwick's "Drink and Draw", I couldn't stop thinking about the nude model. I've never been naked in a room full of strangers, but I have felt just as exposed. I have never been more alone than in New York. What's more, I've never been so comfortable being alone. The city constantly makes me feel exposed, unprotected, uncomfortable. This collection is a combination of these two New York experiences.
Turtles use their back as the protective shell from external threats. The homeless always curl into a position that most exposes the back. This collection is concerned with the back of the body to portray an attempt of self-protection. All garments are made with less than four pattern pieces. Because of their fragile nature, I kept the use of seams to a minimum.
In color and texture of fabric, accentuated waists, and rigidness of the cuts, the collection alludes to the ideas of wealth, success and excess that are embedded in the image of New York's skyline.
initial exploration in draping and construction
final garment construction
as modeled by my sister, @cataperales and my cousin, @florianaperalta. photographed by me, @choluli.hotsauce