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Joseph Singh

“I am fascinated by the interaction between people and their surroundings, body versus space, the order and arrangement of things around me, and the contrast of opposite ideas. My work focuses on surface, with fabric as a starting point, and is primarily characterized by dark and mysterious themes.”

Joseph Singh was born and raised in San Francisco, California. While studying biology at San Francisco State University, he realized his true passion was fashion design. Consequently, he enrolled in San Francisco's Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) and simultaneously completed degrees at both institutions. In 2010, he moved to New York City to further his pursuits in the fashion industry. While attending Parsons, he interned with Donna Karan.

"I am fascinated by the interaction between people and their surroundings, body versus space, the order and arrangement of things around me, and the contrast of opposite ideas. My work focuses on surface, with fabric as a starting point, and is primarily characterized by dark and mysterious themes. Seven years ago, I lost my grandfather—a man with whom I was incredibly close. Moving forward after my grandfather's loss was not only painful but a struggle I have been dealing with for several years. In devising my senior thesis collection, I was inspired by his funeral, as well as my ensuing efforts of accepting his passing and allowing the hurt and pain of the loss to dissipate. Using advanced techniques such as laser-cutting, I was able to create a new way of pleating, and pushed that idea further throughout the process. As the collection evolved, it became this idea of dissipation and officially letting go. By symbolically letting traditional pleating go, I also was coming to terms with his being gone. Moving through the collection, the pieces become much softer and more delicate; eventually, it finishes with a full white gown. I know deep down that my grandfather is physically gone but his spirit remains. Always knowing that his spirit is guiding and protecting me, I will continue to move forward in life and in design."

Photos: Zev Starr-Tambor / www.starr-tambor.com

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