"Art is what you can get away with." #AndyWarhol (at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston)
I like shinny things
Figures with patterns inspired from NYC created in Photoshop for my Visual Communication I final presentation.
Te pido que me cures esta herida
yo se muy bien que no es tu obligación
tan solo si amortiguas mi caida
será mi salvación.
Sometimes, I think about you everyday.
Somedays, I only think about you.
The concept of this collection was derived from my interpretation of Édouad Manet’s Olympia. In this painting I perceived Olympia as a symbolic figure of money. She utilizes her body and breathes life into the mediums in which she lives. Women like her satisfy men’s desires as an exchange of another desirable medium in society, money. Her use of her femininity attracts and captivates clients thus allowing her to survive in a greedy world. Manet depicts Olympia as a beautiful adorned woman, who despite her troubled life, maintains a very innocent aspect and adorns her body with flowers. The decision of a woman to sacrifice the social standards for a lady, and adapt to the term whore, takes courage and necessity. Therefore, the sexual objectification of the feminine body, synchronized with a woman’s necessity for survival in the world; in actual fact complement each other.
Similarly to Olympia, Benjamin Franklin’s portrait in the one hundred dollar bill is a quotidian figure that stands as an icon to represent money. Utilizing Mr. Franklin to illustrate my interpretation of Olympia, I created the mood of this collection. In the similar way Olympia displays her feminine form adorned with flowers, almost encrusting and captivating her beauty, I have chosen to frame Benjamin Franklin’s face in this decorative composition bordered in pansies, representing the beauty that is socially perceived from the essentiality of money. Mr. Franklin’s portrait stands in this empty space suggesting the important role he plays, referencing power in a God-like form, offering the ability to “reach out to the stars” poetically speaking.
Deriving from this idea, I focused to create three dimensional shapes that framed the woman’s body in the same decorative manner that I had framed the face of Mr. Franklin. I added exaggerated volume to surround and enhance the body. In addition, I utilized beading and Benjamin-Franklin-inspired placement prints which served as details to translate my Monetary Femininity idea into ready-to-wear women’s fashion.
It has been calculated that when the Europeans arrived to the New Land, there was about 80 million of habitants in this land. Fifty years later, the american population had decreased to 10 million. This catasthrophic rate was the cause of the homosides commited by the Spaniers, the unfair treatment, and the illnesses brought by them from the old world which afected immensely the natives
Third and final collection of my first semester as a Fashion Design student at Parsons The New School for Design.