Melissa D'Agostino '02 Online Alumni Exhibition 2012
D’Agostino Fashion Textile Design creates effortless, sophisticated silhouettes for unique individuals. Using time-honored Shibori hand-dyeing techniques and locally sourced materials, D’Agostino crafts one-of-a-kind pieces that transition from career to celebration.
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Photographer: Britt Kubat
Model: Chrysan Tung
Melissa D’Agostino received her BFA in Sculptural Fine Arts and a Minor in Textiles from Philadelphia’s Moore College of Art and Design. While studying, she began hand dyeing and piecing together fabrics as works of art. Melissa looked at textiles in a three-dimensional way, and simple silhouettes were born from the fabric. Her interest in composition led her to explore Shibori, a Japanese resist-dyeing technique in which threads and folds are used to create intricate patterns. The result is a visual language that engages surface and volume, forming an aesthetic that can elevate any wardrobe from simple to stunning.
For Melissa, clothing is artwork to be kept close and enjoyed. D’Agostino wraps and scarves can be hung like a tapestry or draped on the bed, worn one way in the daytime and another in the evening. Each piece is designed to become a favorite, a go-to option appropriate for any occasion. In the words of a D'Agostino enthusiast, Melissa’s pieces "carry the knowledge of a secret." She hopes that within her collections, every client can find a piece to treasure for years to come.