In this series of garments, I utilize corsetry to question the understandings we have with sexual attraction ideals and opinions on generalized femininity.
My designs implement the classic cuts of a corset, but with the restrictive boning removed. By extracting the boning, I am enhancing the true beauty of the natural female form. Allowing the forgiving nature of the textile to hug the curves of the body, instead of artificially enhancing it. To avoid the appearance of antiquated clothing, I blend my historical influences with modernity. The shape, and color palette of my work is influenced by the ancient but contemporary city of Florence. The integration of these influences keep my couture designs current, but classic.
Through this exploration I want to bring light to the diversity of the female form. I want to call attention to the progressive possibilities of my corsets in the fashion world, and how they can be seen as a powerful feminine statement.
Via dei Servi
Faux leather, silk chiffon, and jersey knit.
Faux leather, cotton ponte knit, and ombre silk.
Abbazia di Dan Miniato
Vinyl leather, woven rayon silk, and ombre silk.
Faux leather, and rayon matte jersey knit.
An exploration of taking a pattern made for a woven fabric, and re-creating it into a machine knit piece. The color pallet is inspired by the Florence landscape.
Corset Without Bones
When you take the oppression out of a garment what do you end up with?
Vintage polyester print, ribbon.
Little Black Dress
The exploration of simplicity and reinvention.
Black suiting wool
Let Your Gaze Travel
A study on the male gaze, and how it travels down a female's garment.
Two sided green polyester blend
After the liberation of the corset came the bias drape. Completely reinventing the way we look at the female form.
Purple wool blend
Fashion Show 15'
A concentration on repurposing vintage cloth, and utilizing unorthodox materials.
Cream vinyl, black jersey knit.
Vintage black silk, black burn-out lace, dark grey lace
Ready to Wear
Casual wear for the everyday woman.
Dark grey jersey knit, grey patterned cotton linen blend
Vintage wine velventeen
A collaboration with the Portland Ballet's Alice in Wonderland.