E D G E Contributors

EDGE contributors at work, Courtesy of Si Jie Loo, © Rhonda P. Hill

© Rhonda P. Hill 2016-03-06 18.06.23Amabelle Aguiluz, Designer, Visual Artist.

Amabelle is a textile artist and designer based in Los Angeles. Her practice incorporates clothing, textile, fiber sculpture and installations. She is currently an Artist in Residence at MorYork Gallery in Highland Park, California, from January 2016- May 2016.

As an emerging designer on the EDGE radar, Amabelle contributes her story and journey .  She brings value to her business with sustainable practices and an alternative vision of exposure of her work – EDGE Talks to Amabelle Aguiluz.

What does fashion mean to you?
Fashion gives many of us room to be free and expressive.

Who is your favorite designer that has made a cultural impact?
Ann Demeulemeester

Who is your favorite fashion icon?
Frida Kahlo

Antonio CrutchleyAntonio Crutchley, Photographer © Rhonda P. Hill, Photographer.

My perfect day is a day well spent photographing beautiful models that are uniquely styled and makeup. Photography is my life and I couldn’t think of doing anything else.  My style is contemporary high key with occasional use of artificial lights to complement and enhance the ambient light.  I have been featured in International Lifestyle Magazine and was commissioned to be the photographer on set for The Rich Kids of Beverly Hills reality show.

“I don’t take photographs, I create photographs.”

See Antonio’s work of creating photographs that capture emotion, excitement, and ‘the look’ of those dressed to express – EDGE at Rebar Art Exhibition.

What does fashion mean to you?
Fashion is art used to express ones opinion of themselves or their political and social views of the world around them.

What will never go out of fashion?
The collar shirts for men and women will never go out of fashion.

What is your favorite moment in fashion?
Lady Gaga Meat Dress – original, brave, daring and controversial.

Si Jie Loo InkNovations Exhibit © Rhonda P. HillSi Jie Loo, Visual and Performance Artist

Si Jie is excited about her upcoming book, Holding Demons in Small Jars, a graphic novella by her pal Jasmine Kumalah which Si Jie illustrated.   Her belief and passion –“Life is Art, Art is Life” and words she lives by,  “I am seeking. I am striving. I am in it with all my heart.”- Vincent van Gogh

Si Jie contributes her perspective and documentation on fashion as an art medium through the lens of fashion exhibitions at the museums – The Oxymoron in “China: Through The Looking Glass”.

What Does Fashion Mean To You?
Fashion is Artwork made where the body is the canvas.  It highlights the wearer’s personality and character in a curated time and space.

What Will Never Go Out Of Fashion?
Black Booties and Fitted A-shape styles

Favorite Fashion Icon?
Gong Li

Melissa Lugo | DSCN2871Melissa Lugo, Technical Designer

With a problem solving mindset, Melissa is known for her “looks-like works-like”  approach.   She is able to work with designers to find aesthetically pleasing ways to turn their ideas into functional garments.   Finding solutions that balance the line of elevating the designs yet making them easier to sew and finally wear is what she thrives on.

Melissa contributes her expertise on technical design and the critical importance of spec packages for manufacturing – Spec Packages | The Critical Product Development Tool.

What Will Never Go Out Of Fashion?
The Chanel style blazer will never go out of style. It is the perfect blend of structure and femme. The bracelet sleeves and slight shaping through the waist match any dress or separates. This is a blazer that is easy to dress up or down to fit the occasion.

Favorite Moment in Fashion History?
The 1940’s! For women, there was a lot happening as they were joining the workforce to help the war effort. Clothing took on a utilitarian feel and was designed to give you an hour glass shape (even if you did not have one). The hats were exceptional as well with pretty little embellishments to polish off your look.

Favorite Designer That Has Made a Cultural Impact?
Coco Chanel was a revolutionary in fashion. Women’s clothing would not be where it is today without her ideas. She brought women menswear inspired looks that were also comfortable. Suits for women going into the workforce paired with slim skirts, trousers, and even styles made from jersey fabrics were some of the barriers she broke with her designs.  Coco also brought us the little black dress, a staple in all our closets!

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