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Grace Peisker

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 Mehee's Students Captions Mehee's Students Captions 100% 10 F12  Journal page centered around rabbits, a main sources of inspiration. My first memory is simple. In my cozy, twin-sized bed, I am staring up at this picture of rabbits, dozens of them, moving across a hilly field. This picture has hung above my bed since I can remember, and yet, I remember nothing. My brain starts moving like a video recorder’s tapes for the first time. I am thinking, thinking hard, staring up at my new rabbit friends. at first, they’re still, you know, like pictures should be. but the longer I look, they start to migrate across the frame, moving through fields of grass and flowers. My reality is growing, and everything is magic. Yes—everything is magic.  Screen reader support enabled.      		  Journal page centered around rabbits, a main sources of inspiration. My first memory is simple. In my cozy, twin-sized bed, I am staring up at this picture of rabbits, dozens of them, moving across a hilly field. This picture has hung above my bed since I can remember, and yet, I remember nothing. My brain starts moving like a video recorder’s tapes for the first time. I am thinking, thinking hard, staring up at my new rabbit friends. at first, they’re still, you know, like pictures should be. but the longer I look, they start to migrate across the frame, moving through fields of grass and flowers. My reality is growing, and everything is magic. Yes—everything is magic.  Turn on screen reader support

From my bed, I look at a picture of rabbits in a hilly landscape. I am two; Nothing exists yet. The longer I stare, the rabbits start to dance across the field—wow. My reality starts here, with the rabbits, in my bed, in my room, where everything is magic.

Rabbit bustier with jewelry detailing, daffodil dress, amethyst trousers.

Model stands in full figure, wearing rabbit bustier over daffodil dress. Daffodil dress falls above the knee and its gathers spill out of bustier hem. Worn over amethyst trousers, which are stiff, purple silk, with high luster.
Model wears daffodil dress over amethyst trousers, holding a blue compact mirror with a rabbit embossed on the front. She glances into the mirror in a leaned pose.

Daffodil dress with amethyst trousers, featuring baby blue mirror compact, complete with a little rabbit embossed on the front.

Close-up of rabbit bustier and daffodil dress. Rabbit bustier is composed of two white woolen rabbits with inside profile facing each other, connected by jewelry chain detailing down the front. Daffodil dress is bright yellow silk, with short, puffy sleeves.

“Retrograde” refers to magic, imagination, and optimism. A “thank you” to storybooks and stuffed animals, childhood best friends, and the type of light and love that never goes away, no matter where you go, or how old you get.

Model stands in full figure wearing rabbit bustier and daffy dress. Accessorized with pink, knee-high boots.

Look embodies creative philosophy, and is a “full-circle” moment. How would your childhood-self feel about your greatest accomplishments?

Take a glance in the mirror might reveal who you were and who you always will be.

Meet the Designer

Peisker, Grace

Grace Peisker

Mount Prospect, Illinois
Sportswear

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Whether I’m designing, writing, styling or directing, the story I share through fashion is my bottom line. Through designing, I strive to weave dynamic, personal narratives through powerful storytelling. I love tying in secret messages, symbolism, and references to personal and cultural zeitgeists. Behind each collection is an emotional foundation, and a desire to be seen, heard, and understood. I believe fashion is reflective of not only the individual’s experience, but culture, politics, and society as a whole, and I fell in love with it because it shares stories and messaging that change me for the better. My biggest career goal is to use fashion as a mass cultural catalyst. Simply, fashion is about us. To make us *gestures broadly*, in any capacity, feel better, stronger, more curious, more us, through fashion—that is my biggest drive to create.

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