Jasmine Corona is a 24 year old fashion student from Vajont, Italy. She is completing a BA in Fashion Design. You can contact Jasmine Corona at email@example.com or via twitter at @jjasminecorona and visit her portfolio here.
Jasmine what is the background of the work you submitted?
The images I submitted are from designs created for my thesis project, a capsule collection of womenswear consisting of three silhouettes. It is called
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The act of mirroring is loaded with contradictions and multiple significations. The mirror and the reflected image; the mirror image becomes an obsession, a distorted image narcissistic and depersonalized.
Those modern ruffs distort perception of the body, detaching head from shoulders. The mirror of Narcissus becomes that of the Uncanny; the ritual folding and unfolding, originally a design methodology, becomes a visual prosthesis.
The woman of my collection is a female Dandy, wearing large white collars on contrasting dark square silhouettes. Semitransparent dresses imbue a contrasting light.
Naked flesh, the legs, are revealed by shorts, signifying the vanity of those who put their body on show, feeding an appetite for hedonistic auto contemplation … the looking back at oneself permitted by mirrors … mirrors signified, hidden inside the exaggerated duplicated collars, the ruffs.
What inspires you creatively?
I’m inspired by strong women, solemn … untouchable. One of my muse is Frida Kahlo. I find her strong fragility, magnetic … bewitching and powerful. Hiding her vulnerability under her clothes, she re-created herself as an Aztec goddess. She is the product of her own self-deification.
I also love the ironic solemnity of the Nuns; I am fascinated by the contrast of white on black. My sketchbook includes detachable collars, clerical garments, figures such as the school boy wearing a black apron and a white collar, housewives with white lace aprons, portraits by Rembrandt and Franz Hals and Rogier van der Weyden.
Canadian artist Steven Shearer pins down my attraction to such visuals when he explains: “Even in my poems I see within the context of medieval illuminations and the universal history of persecution and torment. They’re humorous too because the language is so mannered, overwrought and, in a sense, baroque. I like the strange contrast between the bodily, grotesque phrases and the clean, orderly, austere graphic quality of the black and white graphics. It’s unreal and funny.”
Your favourite music track or album?
Shake the disease by Depeche Mode, a single released in April 1985 and later included on the compilation album The Singles (81-85). I imagine someone singing this song to himself, like me singing it to myself. I like this image. I love the sound of Depeche Mode. This kind of music creates a mood that helps me to create.
Your favourite blog or website for inspiration?
At the moment I’m doing an internship at A.N.G.E.L.O. Vintage Archive in Lugo, near Ravenna; it is better than anything on the net for inspiration! The collection consists of about 100.000 garments from the 1800s to the 80s. There I assist international style studios in their research. I find it incredibly stimulating to be able to see, touch those garments instead of simply look at them in fashion history books.
I can have a dress from the Twenties in my hands, for example and study it in every detail, how it is tailored, decorated … imagining who wore it and what her story was. This is incredibly new and amazing for me.
What does Fashion mean to you?
The expression of moments in life, of specific moods through the creation of clothes. Garments contribute to the story; they express a mood that people use to express themselves.
What is your ideal Fashion Project?
Every new project! When I start a new project I always believe it is the ideal project. When it is finished I often feel that I could have done more, worked better… With the project I have moved on, my ideas and the concept I was searching has inevitably evolved and already I am thinking about something else, something new.
Who would you like to work with?
I would love to be surrounded by people knowledgeable of fashion and be able to assimilate as much as I can of their knowledge. This does not need to be related to work, to my job; it would be wonderful, beautiful if it was possible in everyday life too.
How do you imagine your future?
I imagine living and working in a Studio apartment, in my own organized creative chaos. This is what I’ve chosen for myself, this is what I would love to achieve.
Who would you like to work with?
I really like my internship and working with Style studios, so a job with a Style studio would be great. Labels that inspire me are Rick Owens, Damir Doma and Jil Sander and I would also love designing for such brands