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Raye Sanchez

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EXPERIMENTAL designer Kelvin Morales. PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF KELVINMORALESPH.COM

De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde alum and experimental fashion designer Kelvin Morales proves that fashion can be inspired by anything and everything under the sun in his thought-provoking collection called Human Leather.

Pondering on whether human skin can be explored for functional and fashionable concepts without being deplored by the public and evoking thoughts of cannibalism, the young contemporary artist created the 14-piece collection with various moods, fabrics, silhouettes and colors.

“It helped me make a cohesive collection and get me on track. For me, it’s an effective way to translate energy to my works and makes it easy to understand,” Morales shared.

Human Leather takes inspiration from elements of the body through tattoo-inspired embroideries, colorized human hair sewn manually on traditional local fabrics.

The collection focuses on the human body’s beauty and how it can provoke creativity It sheds light on the beauty of different skin colors and races, culture and tradition, modern art and diversity — how these elements can collectively build a peaceful, co-existing society that goes beyond violence and hatred.

The designer notes, “Clothes should be an extension of one’s self and with this collection I took that literally. I interpreted skin as clothes and translated it into clothing that mimics that concept. This contextualizes the human bodyand the function of fashion in a different way, dismantling the stereotyping of beauty.”

Discover more of his works through his Instagram account @kelvinmmorales or his official website www.kelvinmoralesph.com.

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