My first notable creation was a necklace I designed at age 11 by stringing together the heads of my decapitated childhood dolls. It greatly disturbed my peers as I would regularly wear it to school in the 6th grade, ultimately sparking my love for performative dressing. The idea behind this necklace later inspired a five-year long quest for enough doll heads to create a “fur” coat, which I completed during my sophomore year at RISD. The jacket was then featured in You’re Invited: The Exploration and Evolution of Girlhood, Sexuality, and Identity at The Gelman Gallery in Providence, RI.
This led to the inspiration behind my Living Dolls collection, a capsule created for my junior year machine knitting and cut & sew knitwear classes. I received a student project grant from Spoonflower, which ignited my passion for digital fabric printing. I scanned objects like wigs, hair clips, beads, and rhinestones at high resolution and blew them up to create larger than life magnifications to print on fabric. For the machine knit garment, I deconstructed those same wigs and braided them together with the knit fabric I created.
In collaboration with Leah Marchant (RISD ID ’20), the wooden doll box my father originally built to be the photo booth at my Bat Mitzvah transformed into an installation piece for models to display the collection during Season 16 of Styleweek Northeast.
I later entered a look from Living Dolls paired with my Doll Head Jacket in the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute’s Undergraduate Design Competition centered around their exhibition Camp: Notes on Fashion. I was selected as a finalist, and ultimately won first place.