JOSEPH SINGH-”Dark Fashion Design Dreams” and Parson’s Empowering Imagination’s latest finalist.

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Describing his vision and aesthetics of his work,he states:

”I am fascinated by the interaction between people and their surroundings, body versus space, the order and arrangement of things around me, and the contrast of opposite ideas. My work focuses on surface, with fabric as a starting point, and is primarily characterized by dark and mysterious themes.

Seven years ago, I lost my grandfather—a man with whom I was incredibly close. Moving forward after my grandfather’s loss was not only painful but a struggle I have been dealing with for several years. In devising my senior thesis collection, I was inspired by his funeral, as well as my ensuing efforts of accepting his passing and allowing the hurt and pain of the loss to dissipate. Using advanced techniques such as laser-cutting, I was able to create a new way of pleating, and pushed that idea further throughout the process. As the collection evolved, it became this idea of dissipation and officially letting go. By symbolically letting traditional pleating go, I also was coming to terms with his being gone. Moving through the collection, the pieces become much softer and more delicate; eventually, it finishes with a full white gown. I know deep down that my grandfather is physically gone but his spirit remains. Always knowing that his spirit is guiding and protecting me, I will continue to move forward in life and in design.”

And before you find his precision in pattern somehow familiar,we may add that while he attended Parsons, he also interned with Donna Karan. Thus the influences,yet in a strongest,darker environment we love.

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