new york
new york
united states
University / School:
Parsons school of Design New York + Paris
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Production Location:
united states
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This collection is about the clothes I wear.
More importantly, it is about the clothes we wear and why we are wearing them right now.

This collection explores the significance of ordinary clothes to re-evaluate fashion’s role in today’s socio-political atmosphere of uncertainty. Since fashion cannot exist without clothes, it is with this collection I question not why fashion matters, but rather what fashion matters? At this particular moment, when terrorist attacks, fake news, race and gender inequality, and presidential tweets saturate the news, fashion is not a priority. Given this level of global unrest, I argue that ordinary clothes become the most powerful form of fashion. The ubiquity of t-shirts, jeans, sweatshirts, track pants, and the like have the ability to unite individuals in solidarity – something we need now more than ever.

Inspired by ethnographic research of every-day wardrobes and supported by pragmatic theory, this collection for men and women preserves the authenticity of ordinary clothes, while modernizing them through new construction techniques and contemporary graphics. In addition, several pieces are transformable and made from pre-existing garments, reflecting a sustainable design approach through multi-functionality.

It is through this collection that I aim to create equality, diversity, and solidarity through appearance.
"Amendment" was developed by Marissa Petteruti through research and analysis of ordinary clothes to re-evaluate fashion’s role amidst the chaos of our current times. In this age of uncertainty, anxiety, and political disruption, it questions fashion’s importance in our everyday lives and society. Integrating practice and research methods – the combination of texts, interviews, photographic experiments, and material exploration inform a multi-disciplinary approach to design. Pushing the boundaries of fashion and its means, Marissa's designs emphasize the non-binary nature of ordinary clothes as suitable for both men and women. Marissa currently lives in New York City and is graduating with a degree in fashion design from Parsons School of Design.