Thursday, May 2, 2013

The Young Designers Collective: A non-profit designed to give

As I was reading through old blog posts (most are old, I know but I'm baaaaack!) and I realized I haven't talked about new/young/local designers in a long time. The Young Designers Collective based out of NYC is an amazing non-profit that encourages creativity and innovation in fashion. While I love old, established fashion houses like Dior and Louis Vuitton and designers who have been around for decades making brilliant things, young designers give the industry a fresh perspective. 
The Armor Dress
Photo courtesy The Young Designers Collective
Just last night I was reading about Jean-Michel Basquiat and how his talent was recognized and fostered by established members in the art community when he was young. Without friends and mentors like Andy Warhol, Basquiat's art may never have been internationally recognized. In my opinion, this is what The Young Designers Collective does for young artists. They foster creativity and "provide young designers a platform that would have otherwise been difficult to build and gain recognition with on their own." Brilliant. 

Check out their website here: http://www.youngdesignerscollective.com

And check out their lookbook featuring designs from some of their insanely talented artists: http://www.blurb.com/books/4055520-designs-for-giving

Beginning and Ends wedding dress
Photo courtesy The Young Designers Collective
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