My senior capstone collection focuses on the interrelation of spirituality and space as well as our responsibility to preserve them as we move forward in an ever-developing world. I am honored to announce this collection was one of five finalists in the Hypebeast Commencement Program, chosen to be presented alongside the seniors' work at Academia del Lusso Roma, and won the Director's Choice Award for Fashion Design in my graduating class.
NAOS
F/W 2020
Photographed by Corey Allen Davis | Modeled by Caroline Young
Designs by Alexandra Papaioannou
In a western world...
...where spirituality dwindles as climate change, catastrophe, violence, and a reductionist mentality triumph, where does the modern man and woman look to feed their souls? Naos explores the intersection between space and spirituality, from the politics to the inspiration. It ties in environmental preservation, mindfulness, and sustainability as core attributes humanity must embrace while embarking across the Final Frontier. The realm of space must be respected and seen as a source of inspiration and innovation, not as a scapegoat to continue pursuing our excessive lifestyles. The collection’s silhouettes reference space suit construction with surreal twists and uses upcycled plastic bags as design details. Naos is for men and women who are introspective, have a curiosity for the unanswerable questions in life, and a calm confidence about their place in the world. They aren’t afraid of mixing haute couture pieces in their everyday lives and wearing their environmental support on their sleeves.

Look 01 | Eclipse
A girl of two minds. The back and forth play of color represents the constant struggle between light and darkness when contemplating the fabric of the cosmos and divinity. The sleeve structure and excess of pockets is in reference two the design details and structure of an EVA Space Suit
Look 02 | Blood Moon
A heated display of defiance. This burnt orange jumpsuit pays homage to the shuttle ascent and entry suit donned by astronauts. The vivid color makes it easier for them to be visible during a search and rescue, especially in the sea. The suit gets elevated with bulbous sleeves, gloves, and utilitarian pockets made from collaged plastic bags.
Look 03 | Lyra
When the dust settles. A shapely coat with floating sleeves and structured hips creates a form that defies gravity. Plush velvet evokes the rich textiles present in many religious garb as wellas their grandiose structure.
Look 04 | Astrea
Rising at dawn. Utilitarian pockets, protective gloves, and strong shoulders are signs of strength and endurance during times of uncertainty. Gloves and front and back knit detail are made from collaged and knit plastic bags.
Look 05 | Evren
Spiritual explorer. This creamy puffer coat gives a nod to the structure and design of EVA suits, from the shapely sleeves to the buttoned front flap to the multitude of pockets. Paired with a sea foam slip dress and commanding graphics, this look is the perfect balance of peaceful protest.
ACADEMIA DEL LUSSO ROMA
PROCESS WORK

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