오 예 린
The woman I designed OYERIN for is a combination of my mother and myself. I strove to construct these two identities into my thesis collection, while drawing inspiration from my bi-cultural upbringing rooted in Korea and Texas—specifically the traditional Korean hanbok and American athletic wear. The conservative, religious, morally upstanding mother who embodies the definition of refinement is shown in the overall modesty and in the restricting, yet elegant high collars. My youthful spirit is alive in the colors and prints and the conflicted rebel shines through in the subtly sexy midriffs and leg-exposing-pleated skirts. All the while, OYERIN addresses the profound desire to be comfortable, both in one’s clothing and in one’s own, imperfect self.