I kept hearing from many of the Parsons students that we have on this site that I had to shoot their teacher, Susan Cianciolo. They were ecstatic about her class and claimed that all of the students were dropping out of their other classes in droves and clamoring to get into Susan’s. They said that there was finally someone that was inspiring them to be innovators and not inhibited by the trappings of social norms. This was music to my ears for this site: I am on a crusade to find people like Susan, whose style and design stands out conspicuously among the current landscape of homogeneity. When I first met her, my eyes went right to her black and white men’s Yohji oxfords and I knew that she was authentic in her taste. From there, it was all visual ecstasy for me. She is someone who likes their Marc Jacobs Collection dress better after it has been in the washing machine, now frayed at the bottom and more high-wasted. Someone who cuts up Dior, Gucci, and Chanel, adding ribbons and bows to make it her own. Someone who is a fashion designer, professor, and mother, yet still finds the time to buy a pair of Uniqlo sage leggings to add the perfect detail to the colorblock silkscreen dress of her own design. Susan sees no end to the creative process and her designs reflect out of the box thinking and all possibilities – even her labels are pieces of art. Susan’s own collection is an artistic array of one of a kind textures, prints, and shapes that transcend any trend and are anything but nondescript. The knockouts for me are the baggy, bordering on balloon, jeans that wrap around and around at the waist, cinched by one of Susan’s signature decorative cords. For me, they put the nail in the coffin for the skinny jean.
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