TRIALS OF THE PAST: Thesis Collection Inspired by My Cultural Identity

I'm excited to share with you
my graduation Thesis Collection

Trials Of The Past


The conceptual collection inspired by my cultural identity. Supported by the unpacking of continues research and 'Historical Revisionism' surrounding colonialism in the Dominican Republic and neighboring Latin American nations.

The BFA Thesis project​​​​​​​ marked the finale to my long academic sting at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

The endless credit of mentors include faculty, lecturers, and creators such as Dao-Yi Chow, Public School NYC's co-founder/ designer. Who served as the design critic during our graduating class' thesis collection development. And the entire team at Mara Hoffman where I interned during my last two semesters at school. 

Check out the magic come alive in this stunning Video Lookbook

The collection is made up of design elements inspired by folk costumes from the Dominican Republic, West African spiritual regalia and 16th-17th century Western European fashion. The exploration of transnationalism, and the deviance of religious conformities dating back to the Spanish inquisition are presented in the form of conceptual elements throughout the collection. I worked with consciously-sourced and often pre-consumed materials. Incorporated artisanal construction and ancient techniques as a way to honor my ancestors and stand by my commitment to social and environmental responsibility.   

Special shout out and lots of thank yous to
Erica Génécé who hosted us in her studio and
helped me so much with getting things into motion. 

I'll forever be grateful for the amazing group of talented and inspirational
collaborators who took part in this special project. My heart and thoughts are with my fellow creators and freelancing community during these uncertain and trying times. I listed some useful and helpful resources on my Instagram account to help those in the community who are looking for guidance, help, and motivation.
We are all in this together.

Jewelry 'Shell' Collaboration with Angely Martinez
Millinery Collaboration with Kristle Ansari

Photographer/ Producer- Erica Génécé

Production Assistant- Ales Costantino

Videographer/ Editor- Jessica Storm

Editorial Assistant- Monica Puspasari

Set Designer- Monica Guerrero

Set Designer- Christal Jonas Clarke

Set/ Photo Assistant- Ashley Dorce

Set Assistant- Luiggy Gomez

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