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I collaborated with the ultra talented photographer, Nasrah Omar for a portfolio shoot for my Senior Collection. Here are some shots from last Saturday. The pieces were modeled by Lynn Anna (@LYNN_ANNA) and the makeup was done by Kristen Ella (@LILMISSKSTAR).
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After months of sewing late at night, peeling the skin off my fingers and holding in the tears of doubt and anxiety, I have completed by look book for my senior collection.
I am incredibly proud of the end result and I anticipate to have these shots printed and presented for my portfolio.
I shot the look book with my good friend and model, Crystal Garcia.
Let’s have a look at the process work:
I wanted to create the PERFECT HUMAN based on different materials including vinyl and neoprene. I wanted to work with puzzle pieces and how muscles work are aligned with the body.
LOOK 1: Asymmetrical Neoprene Jacket with Knit Sleeves & Collar
Wide Dome Paneled Pant with structured leg.
LOOK 2: Open Shoulder Mesh Dress with Flounce Skirt with Vinyl Trim
LOOK 3: Jersey Stretch Cotton Open Shoulder Dress
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After many years of studying fashion from the vulnerable age of 16, I have learned the most valuable lessons in my life. Change is essential. And you should never feel obliged to do the same thing over and over again. In my early years, I’m was known for designing everything flashy and very pink. It’s time for me to break out of the mold and mature my aesthetic. I will continue to use color, but I want to experiment with new silhouettes that can be considered to be timelessly modern.
I wanted to pull inspiration from a dozen of things. Initially I wanted to combine my portfolio work with my CFDA and I came up with a few ideas. In my studies, I want to focus on human anatomy and what it is capable of. From mutilation, physical harm and body manipulation, a person can endure the most painful physical experiences of their lives, as well as emotional.
In my previous semester, I wanted to combine a mix of fabric weights as way to emphasis manipulation and body contouring, The different weights and structure can shape an item of clothing if it allows it to do so.
And last I was assigned to create an Image Algebra for my class. Lets break it down shall we?
SCIENCE =HUMAN BODY, ANATOMY
DISNTERGRATION=PHYSICAL BODY MANIPULATION, SLEF HARM
OUTER BODY=DRUGS, MANIPULATION FOR THE BRAIN
SONIC WAVES=PULSES, MOVEMENT IN CELLS IN THE BODY
HUMANOID+THE PERFECT HUMAN, ONE WHO CAN ENDURE PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL PAIN WITHOUT RISKING IT’S OWN LIFE.
Now the next step is to play with my ideas and design concepts, bot clothing as suggested by my Professor, Jonathan Kyle Farmer.
Pre-fall & Fall Collection featuring oversized shawl coats, thick knit panel dresses, puzzle piece paneling, and modern silhouettes. Exclusive design for the future in fashion.
Pre-Fall 2016 Collection features panel knit dresses and exaggerated sleeves with a sporty flair
2016 Fall Collection Delivery 1
2016 Fall Collection Delivery 2
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Days after reviving my CFDA portfolio, I found my journal with very disturbing images and sketches that I have collected through out my winter break last year.
After the death of my grandfather, I had researched anatomy and the human body in general as well as Blood, LOTS OF BLOOD.
The more gore, the better.
I emotionally blocked myself from feeling pain, so I decided to view pain through the most morbid way possible.
Here are a few pages from my journal that best represent my process.
It has been officially a year since the passing of my grandfather and I have decided to redo my CFDA portfolio and give it a different layout to refine it.
Over the course of 7 weeks, I have designed a Collection for the CFDA. A lot of time and effort has been put into this collection during a vulnerable time in my life.
I am incredibly proud of what I have accomplished and I am ready for the world to see my ability and versatility as a designer.For the entire collection, go to Designsbykika.com
Be Prepared for my CFDA Collection. Something very personal and different from the usual Designs by KIKA.
Never would I imagine that I could design more than just clothes, but actual textiles that can be used over and over for future aesthetic. I am grateful to see how much input I can give into my collections and have the control to do what I want with my own ideas.