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Rachel Balisa Teperman
This look visually reflects a personal exploration of identity and self- expression. By distorting the form of the body and juxtaposing free movement with confinement, the Orifice poncho top and skirt evoke the dichotomy of free self-expression and concealment.
The Ghost Bra is sculpted out of biodegradable thermoplastic to represent an “undergarment,” or the innermost, vulnerable self, worn and embraced as an outer piece.
The openings throughout the garments symbolize openness in self-expression, the concept of “holding space” for ourselves, and energy channels inside us.
In this collection, abstract silhouettes express the ambiguous and often contradictory nature
Silver Mexican Milagro charms of body parts like the eye, hand, ear, and heart symbolically
integrate and embody all aspects of the self.
Meet the Designer
Growing up, I was moved by the transformative quality of fashion and how it creates an opportunity to freely experiment with self-expression. I am fascinated by the relationship between clothing and emotion, and how the external can reflect our internal experience. I see fashion design as an art medium where thoughts, emotions, and ideas can be explored and expressed on the body. Expressionist art, surrealism, and music deeply influence my work, and I am drawn to creating abstract pieces that disrupt the usual way of thinking about clothes and also engage people’s imagination. I would love to blend fashion design with other mediums like performance, film, and music to create an interactive, immersive experience.