Miranda Marti’s interest in fashion was first inspired by her grandmother, who studied haute couture in Paris. She has recently discovered a love for historical fashion, with a particular interest in the construction techniques and small details that are not present in mass-produced contemporary clothing. Although Marti’s own favorite periods to explore are the Edwardian era (early 1900s) and the New Look (1950s), she has enjoyed discovering Wari while designing an outfit for the runway show.
“I was not aware of the Wari culture before hearing about this exhibition,” Marti said, “and I think this would be an excellent opportunity to do something I’m passionate for while learning about a new culture.” Marti loves color, and found the geometric patterns and bright reds of the tunics in the exhibition a particularly rich source of inspiration. She plans to use details of the patterning on soft fabrics made of natural fibers to create a dress for Project Tunic.
Marti has also been working toward gaining a degree in fashion merchandising at Virginia Marti College of Art and Design. In addition to designing for Project Tunic, she has been assisting a friend with his upcoming men's collection. “It is a privilege to work with people who share similar aspirations, and to learn so much in just one day of work. I can truly say that I'm proud of all of my creations,” Marti says of her current design activities. “It takes a lot of patience and tedious work to finish just one garment. I could not possibly describe the feeling I get when I am finally able to look at the finished garment. It's like an artist who's finished a masterpiece.”
We look forward to seeing your masterpiece, Miranda! Check out more of Miranda Marti’s work on her Facebook page .