JOSÉ DURÁN

...searching for the beautiful side of non-appealing objects, stories and personalities

Fashion designer José Durán is one of New York’s most distinctive young artists. The designs from Durán’s collections are inspired by a church massacre in the designer’s hometown during the Haitian Revolution. Durán’s creations combine artificial structures with vibrantly coloured satins and wool crepes to create a powerful ready-to-wear collection. Durán has designed clothes for Amanda Lepore’s appearances at Radio City Music Hall and this summer’s gay pride parade, and he is especially eager to have the fashion icon model this collection. Calling Lepore a “work of art,” he sees her as the perfect model for styles designed for audacious, no-holds-barred women.

Born and raised in the Dominican Republic, I moved to the Bronx, NY, at the age of 15. After finishing high school, I went out to school to study international relations. After three years I decided to change my path and go to fashion school. I attended the Katherine Gibbs School in NYC for my fashion and merchandise degree. I always considered fashion as a way of expressing myself, a way to tell a story and let people know of important events in the past. I always believe in finding the beautiful side of non-appealing objects, stories and personalities.

Nothing inspires me like...
Talking to a homeless person, seeing their way of draping whatever fabric they can find on their body, and their lives in their own free world.

Cultural influences...
Come from my beautiful island and the problems between the Dominican Republic and Haiti, as well as my African and Spanish heritage.

I got where I am...
By working very hard, knowing what I want in life, asking lots of questions, and always asking for help.

I scream when...
I feel happy. I start to run in the streets like a crazy person.

Money makes...
No-one happy, but it can make dreams come true.

Did you know...
Someone will love you when you finally get to love yourself.

Love now because...
Love is the greatest feeling. We should all fall in love everyday, just because!

I dance like...
No-one is looking at me. I close my eyes and go very far.

Cake makes me...
Want to drink red cola.

I have never...
Been to London.

I once thought...
Love did not exist.

Pain comes from...
Seeing my family suffer.

I'm a perfectionist...
Oh no, i don't use that word.