Gallery 2021 – Gina DeLuca

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Gina DeLuca

Sportswear

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The cloud puffs are made from vinyl coated outdoor fabric, covered by shimmery silver mesh, and attached by snaps onto an elastic harness. Traditional stitch-striped wool suiting is given a new meaning when placed in silhouettes of a bell bottom pant and a vest with a six-and-a-half-foot long train.

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The bell bottoms consist of an intentional v-shaped waistline, an invisible side seam zipper closure, and silver sparkle mesh godets lined with black organza.

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The long vest is vivified on each side through silver-painted leaves scaling 10 individually attached chains reminiscent of a moonflower vine growing up a lattice, overtop an organza side panel.

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The brilliant bodysuit is metallic silver cotton jersey, with gathered sleeves and a midriff in silver sparkle and nude stretch mesh. Closures include an invisible zipper with hook and eye.

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Inspired by a moonflower plant, a vine with white flowers that bloom at night or on cloudy days. Nightbloom was symbolically captured during swift moments in between rain showers.

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A metaphor for finding oneself through times of darkness and post-pandemic elation, Nightbloom is infused with an aesthetic similar to music legend, Elton John, to create an extravagant, show-stopping presence.

Meet the Designer

Deluca, Gina

Gina DeLuca

Morganville, New Jersey
Sportswear

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I always dreamed of attending the Fashion Institute of Technology. From a young age I taught myself how to illustrate and quickly became drawn to designing clothes. I was intrigued by fashion television shows and would sketch while I watched them. I was in an honors art class in middle school when a substitute teacher taught me how to draw a fashion croquis, and before I knew it, I was taking pre-college courses at FIT. Over the years, I have used design to express my innermost emotions, and often explore different ways to portray beauty in decay. I find inspiration almost anywhere but consistently look to rock music, the words of Edgar Allen Poe, and Yves Saint Laurent’s designs of the ’60s and ’70s to capture my aesthetic. I have chosen a path in sportswear because my designs can vary from being casual to having touches of evening wear.

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