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This dress was inspired by Latin folklore and its famous urban legends; specifically La Llorona. Influenced by tradition, the dress showcases Latin silhouettes in a new light while keeping the spirit alive. Made with a silk crinkle chiffon, a silk satin lining, and red glass beads of various sizes.

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La Llorona is commonly seen near water. To create bubbles on the dress, river rocks were tied in various locations on the crinkle chiffon then boiled.

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The back of the dress showcases the train consisting of many cutouts of the silk chiffon, creating a shredded illusion and a tattered folk look.

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A closer look at the beading done on the dress, consisting of various red glass beads. They represent the passionate tears La Llorona sheds as she wails for her lost children.

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Close-up of the bubble technique and beading. Each river rock had to be individually hand-tied to create the look!

The process of the bubble technique and silhouette of the dress.

Meet the Designer

Olivo, Naomi

Naomi Olivo

Brooklyn, New York
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I am a fashion designer born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, by Dominican parents. As a daughter of immigrants, I felt I had to live up to their vision of the American dream. In their minds, I should become a doctor, a lawyer, a professor, etc. But I knew I couldn’t sit still and do paperwork, I’m creative! I would watch all my favorite artists on the Latin Grammys with their beautiful gowns, and I would try to recreate the looks with blankets! As children, household stories of hauntings and other urban legends were told to us in order to keep us in check, but I was always fascinated by them and tried to incorporate some twisted alter ego into my work as a designer. Fashion design had always been with me and I would love to show the world the little Latina who designed with blankets.

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