PARSONS M.F.A

NEW YORK FASHION WEEK

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THAT MOMENT BEFORE IT ALL MAKES SENSE

 

WHAT?

 

The process began by observing architecture in NYC, which then lead to line drawings that were used to inform garment construction, draping and graphic prints.

 

NEXT?

 

A documentary on the Ndbele tribe of South Africa, a parallel emerged between the geometric line drawings and their traditional tribal artwork.

 

WHO?

 

The tribal paintings represent pride and showmanship, qualities that resembled the meticulous displays of New York News stands.

 

These similarities formed the basis for my color, textile and graphic exploration.

 

WHEN?

 

Collecting imagery from Skype video chats where moments became pixelated lead to an obsession with the idea of viewing an image before it was complete, and the idea of a technological breakdown creating an accidental art form.

 

HOW?

 

Using screen grabs to capture the moment before the software has time to fully process images of newsstands, I created designs that united the original inspiration, the Ndebele tribe, enabling me to merge 3 very seemingly different core influences.

 

Photos: Anthony Friend

MUA: Toby Klinger

Hair:  Takayuki Shibata

Models: Madeline and Emoni at Click

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