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Student Designers

Ex Tempore showcases garments that link styles and trends across generations. As vintage fashions and ideas influence new and dynamic styles, clothing is reborn. By placing their creative mark on this moment, these designers are both redefining and influencing the wearable across time.

Naomi Davidoff ’13 (fiber) – Cirque Squelettique

Cirque Squelettique incorporates themes including surrealism, freakery, circus arts and living nightmares. The garments reveal an underlying narrative, representing imagined characters from a fantastical and timeless world. The pieces can be viewed as relics from a surreal memory or the clothing that surrounds a circus performer’s dark subculture. Inspired by traditional quilting piecework, the handmade textiles juxtapose found and purchased materials, incorporating unusual materials, textures, construction methods and dyeing techniques. The line references trends and subculture performance wear from the Victorian era to modern day, drawing inspiration from costume, punk and avant-garde designers including Vivienne Westwood, Jean Paul Gaultier and Leigh Bowery, as well as modern Victorian styling.