Allina Liu is currently a senior at the Maryland Institute College of Art, studying Fiber with a concentration in Experimental Fashion. Though originally from New York City, she currently resides in Baltimore finishing out her BFA degree at MICA. Allina’s goal in her thesis collection titled Noire is to find the balance between modernity and romance.
This collection is based off Ophelia from William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, as well as floral motifs and dark romantic aspects of British artist John Everett Millais’ interpretation of the fictional character in his painting Ophelia. It is not a representation of what Ophelia would be wearing today, but rather a study on the unification of the different shades of black, which is why the line is appropriately titled Noire. Although predominantly black, a deep forest green is also used to emulate the shrubbery that surround Ophelia’s watery grave. Throughout the collection, Liu uses clean tailoring and materials, such as leather and fur, to represent modernity in the silhouettes. At the same time, the designer brings a hand-stitched floral appliqué and delicately uses chiffon to keep the romantic tradition alive.