Trendsetters

Trendsetters is a column on trendsetting students and newly established brands. Whether on campus or beyond, these vanguards are challenging the insular atmosphere of the fashion industry.

 
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Andrea Jiapei Li's Fashion of the Future

Walking into Dover Street Market New York for the first time in 2014, I was expecting to see walls covered with works by the founder, Rei Kawakubo, as an extension of her renowned Comme des Garçons line—and I did. Additionally, however, I stumbled across collections of up-and-coming designers, after venturing throughout the seemingly unending Garçons garb.

 
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Los Angeles at Brown

In an environment as globalized as Brown’s, distinct regional identities run the risk of being subdued.

Artist and photographer Jorge Sibaja ‘19 runs against this trend. Hailing from Midcity Los Angeles, what he wears is inseparable from where he comes from. In a conversation with him walking through downtown Providence, I asked him to explain this connection to me.

 
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Yasmeen Mjalli

Yasmeen Mjalli is a Palestinian-American feminist, women’s rights activist and social entrepreneur. Fresh out of college with an art history degree, Mjalli moved to Palestine, where she brought to life her start-up, BabyFist. The label began with one denim jacket, on the back of which Mjalli painted a flower surrounded by the words “Not Your Habibti.”

Recently, I had the privilege of sitting down with her.

 
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Kasia Hope

Kasia Hope is a sophomore studying textiles at the Rhode Island School of Design. From Warsaw, Poland, her passion for art brought her to Providence over a year ago. Here, she delved into the world of textiles, knits and yarns. In a conversation with her, I learned more about her commitment to fashion and apparel design.