Art Dress Gallery for me was a dream since childhood and when it came time to choose what my degree thesis would be as a Haute Couture Designer, I practically became like a kid with her favorite toy because I visualized that it was time to make this collection a reality and to see realized a dream and a desired work, it became to me … the Dream! When the time came to make a mini presentation to the thesis director of how I visualized my collection, I always had very much in mind that the artist with whom I wanted to get involved in this adventure, was an artist very close to me and referring to the art of Santander, one of the important of that state, Ricardo Alipio Vargas Mantilla.
Ever since I was little, the work of this artist have been very influential in my environment, and in my house there are many of his works, being such a close person, being a family member… I know his interpretative, creative and delivery level in each work he does. Being a spectator of all this, I have always had the desire of his collaboration in this thesis, not only to contribute to fashion from my perspective as a Fashion Designer, but also the artistic contribution in painting from the perspective of two people involved in the world of art in general. I must confess that at the beginning of this process, my mood was higher than a eucalyptus or pine, happiness, seeing how this collection could become real, each step was exciting. From going to his apartment to review it from head to toe to see what works he had, to put the idea to him, to know the taste and how he accepted to be part of this project, the moment to create designs and the printing designs … All that was the part more cheerful – I thought that with this idea in a certain way there are no losses, since art is painting, sculpture, dance, photography and more … All of this have been fundamental veins and arteries of fashion.
The beginning of this process is always accompanied by various people and teachers, yes, there were times when people did not believe in this type of project from young people to adults, from friends to distant people, but those are the moments when we empower ourself, believe and defend our inheritance; the hard moments of these processes is to look for the trustworthy people that help you in the garment construction stage, to look for the places where you find all the materials that you need of good quality and there you forget the numbers, the number of zeros and the budget formed – characteristics like these are fundamental to achieving this dream, and I admit that believing in the person to whom your work is entrusted and you turn to their help was a very weak point for me, generating certain problems in which you thinking and evaluate the feelings of that moment, you feel stucked, and when most people come to you with negative outcome or act as if they had something against you or they wanted to see you fail… Those moments kill your self-esteem, your courage, you happiness and every good feeling and emotion you felt starting – ¿So what you have to do?- Rise Up, always rise, don´t let them defeat you!
For me that was the first blip of the realization of this collection, besides feeling that not moving forward, and seeing and feeling that people expected something bad from this type of project, from jealousy and / or other circumstances that generate an evil environment and negative and heavy energy over all your process; it became the big rock that stood in the way and that you had to either finish it or work it from different angles … Circumstances such as these often make you evaluate with whom you share your emotions and collection performance data, to whom you give your confidence to share your expectations and work to achieve it, to whom you tell emotion to share emotions and positive energies with you. .. All this leads to a series of events in which you find yourself sad, discouraged and defeated by the energies that surround you, by envy, and find the bad so as not to bring you the best mental, animistic, and personal – all this at the end of a time it takes you to redefine your determination, to take this project forward as it is to achieve your projection with the same desire as before but to be able to rest from everything suffered and learned and move forward with your profession, life and creativity.
In this career your gonna find a lot of obsticles, lots of them, even not having the opportunity to present your collection and graduating… But honestly, don´t worry, your strenght will come back and the fight will begin to defend an idea that you and other like and would like to see in the fashion of your enviroment! Just like me, that after 2 years, i´m still fighting for my opportunity and rights to give this collection the best experience, although it has broken in a way my relationship with this artist I´m still fighting… Keep fighting for your ideas and talent!
When you start again looking for the focus and starting point from which you started and you have given yourself to this, you evolve and that´s exactly what happened to me … going through all the emotional, mental and professional stages keeping my good energy focused on me and moving away from what could affect me in different ways, I rediscovered myself and my work because I believe and I chose this type of collection as part of my degree project; realizing that inspirations such as art and the use of vibrant and strong colors are always part of trends that do not die and repeat year after year, so it is a pleasant moment to see so much work and effort remains in effect for the Spring-Summer trend this year and can be the bridge to collaborate and expand the work and impact of art in general in society and culture.
Not everything in this race is easy and for that reason one learns to be more cautious and reserved, especially in sharing certain details of the birth and evolution of your collections, since many do not want the best or copy your idea … That’s why that we must learn from the great designers and fashion house, that although they call them egocentric, the reserve of many details of their works allows the ego not only to be negative, but to increase and forge your skill, creativity, personal seal and satisfaction of a job done with love, passion, dedication and the best positive energy that surrounds the person …. I love seeing how works like mine contribute to fashion and it becomes cyclical, appearing year after year in the spring-summer season, but without thinking I managed to make it so … This is not just an invitation to know my work and as I follow the trends, it is an invitation to know and listen to various designers about their experiences and how we somehow achieve cyclical and unforgettable collections.
The great challenge is to achieve a good grade at the end of your presentation and that does not harm us when it comes to achieving the title, because there will be many critics, there is a fashion for everyone and that is what we focus on, everyone in this world … But the work and students must be careful with the biggest detractors, jealousy or those who do not trust and believe in your abilities … Then I will tell you how I will survive that … Or how we survive that and the college time, where not everyone loves you or support you but you fight for your own satisfaction!