Gallery 2022 – Clare Nobs

Sportswear

DNA

My thesis is based on DNA—specifically my background. Growing up biracial and adopted, I always struggled with self-identity. The silhouette symbolizes a blend of structured Eastern European design with a Western flare. Another detail is the embroidery placed on the sleeves that signify coordinates of important locations from my upbringing, including my childhood home and FIT. Also, there are various quotes from “The Color of Water,” a book by James McBride that is about on race and identity.

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Model stands front facing with one hand on hip on a silver rooftop outside. She wears a high shoulder box pleated dress with cape sleeves and embroidery detail.

Structured box pleat cape sleeves with color-blocked corset dress

A close-up detail of embroidery and coordinates on the cape sleeves

Embroidered coordinates and quotes from “The Color of Water” by James McBride

3/4 front view of model standing with the sleeves subtly blowing in the wind

Structured box pleat cape sleeves with color-blocked corset dress

Side view of sleeves

3/4 view of corset dress and box pleat sleeves

Side view of model standing with one hand on hip showing off the embroidered sleeves

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Clare Nobs

St. Louis, Missouri

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Credits:

Photographer: Hannah Ellingson
Model: Kirsten Peterson

FIT, State University of New York

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