TRIALS OF THE PAST is a conceptual collection inspired by my hybrid "mixed" cultural identity. Supported by the unpacking of continues research and 'Historical Revisionism' surrounding colonialism in the Dominican Republic and neighboring Latin American nations.
The collection is made up of design elements inspired by folk costumes from the Dominican Republic, West African spiritual regalia and 16th-17th-century Western European fashion. The exploration of transnationalism and the deviance of religious conformities dating back to the Spanish inquisition are presented in the form of conceptual elements throughout the collection. Artisanal construction and ancient techniques are incorporated as a way to honor my ancestors and my commitment to social and environmental responsibility.