JANUARY 24, 2011

Lunar Gala spotlight: N91N by Kristen Staab
d'arteboard, January 24, 2011

Kristen StaabKristen Staab is a senior in the BHA program, about to graduate with a degree in
Art and Creative Writing.

Who and what are you design inspirations?
As an interdisciplinary art and writing major with a self-defined trajectory, I have had the opportunity to merge a number of my interests. My line is a culmination of what has resonated with me most in terms of conceptual, aesthetic, and intellectual influences.

My inspirations include the following:

Rick Owens, Maria Cornejo, Odyn Vovk, Alexander Mcqueen, Balmain, Issey Miyake, Acne

Olafur Eliasson, Doris Salcedo, Marina Abramovic, Richard Avedon

Concepts/ movements:
minimalism, the body as sculpture, sculptural architecture, fluxus

Did you have a budget for your line?
I gave myself a working budget of $300, but realistically, it will end up costing me closer to $400 after adapting designs and ordering more fabric. I will have fabric left over, so no complaints there.

What is the name of your line and why?
N9IN is a rejection of traditional aesthetics. A series of explorative, innovative pieces featuring organically patterned fabrics and sculptural shapes that move with the body, N9IN blurs the line between art piece and garment. N9IN is a part of senior Kristen Staab’s Capstone project which explores the role of clothing as sculptural and social constructs. More information can be found at kristenstaab.com

What can people expect when they see your clothes?
People can expect to see garments which are bold and unconventional, but ultimately wearable. With N9IN, I experimented with shape and fabrics with interesting dye patterns to create pieces that make a statement in an understated manner.

The 15th Annual Lunar Gala fashion show is on Saturday, February 5th 2011 at 8pm