Victoria is a New York-born designer, currently working in NYC.
Her love for costume design began when she took her first Introduction to Design class taught by David Murin at Rutgers University.
She continued independently studied under David Murin for four semesters.
My love for Costume Design began in 2018 at Rutgers University where I decided on a whim to take David Murin’s Introduction to Costume Deisgn classI had forgotten that I was constantly sketching costume designs in High School until my friend Kyle reminded after seeing my designs on Instagram!I find it so wonderful how we can rediscover our passions years down the line.This image is from an assignment I was given my final year at Rutgers, Alexander McQueen meets Tartuffe by Molière.
Hello Victoria! How would you describe your style to people?
Victoria: My style is a reflection of myself, pure eclecticism and a mish-mash of various influences and various styles, and the result of my training at Rutgers University under David Murin who pushed me to strive for accuracy and original imagination.
How did it all start for you in the world of design?
Victoria: When I took my first Introduction to Costume Design course at Rutgers under David. For the next three years, David became an invaluable mentor to me. But, it was not until after I had started publicizing my designs that a friend of mine from High School reminded me that I would doodle costume designs during an in-between class. And I remembered that my elder sister also wanted to be a fashion designer when she was in High School and I was in elementary school. So I guess the seeds were planted long before I even realized.
What is a day of working on your drawings? Do you have any rituals that help you get motivated or in “the zone”?
Victoria: I always watch TV while I do my designs but nothing that I have to pay 100% attention to. It makes it a more relaxing experience for me. But, before I started using my tablet to do my designs as a result of COVID, my mentor really believed that designers need to know how to use a variety of traditional drawing and painting methods. He was old school. So, I would often be in bed, watching TV, with all my drawings, markers, pencils, etc sprawled out on the bed with me. I more often than not slept with my markers!
What’s the most challenging part of your artistic process? And how do you overcome it?
Victoria: Designers block. Or when my mentor would say, “It's a very good design but it doesn’t successfully fulfill the assignment”. Or when I am trying to create a new interpretation of a renowned designer’s work or incorporate their work into my designs. I definitely struggled the most with upgrading the creativity in my “Moliere’s Tartuffe meets Alexander McQueen” project because McQueen was such a genius. Describe a real-life situation that inspired your artwork. My mentor always told me to take inspiration from what is around you, to go outside and see what inspires you. I was walking outside in my hometown of Jersey City, and the skyscrapers are just gorgeous, and the architectural designs are so colorful and superb, as well as the various statues and memorials. I thought, “I wish that I could incorporate the materials of this beautiful city into my work”. This is when I was especially happy I switched to a tablet. I took close-up photos of all the colored glasses of the skyscrapers, the remnants of the 911 memorial, their proximal statues, and the lights that flickered at night and used them as materials for my designs for my “Game of Thrones meets Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina” series.
How has your style changed or evolved over the years?
Victoria: My drawing has definitely evolved. And the switch to a digital medium has allowed me to utilize my creativity in a more efficient way that would not have been possible with traditional materials. Yes, I could have just drawn the materials I saw while walking the Jersey City streets, but it would have greatly slowed the process, increased my stress, and if the weather was not optimal, not possible.
What is the most recent piece that you have enjoyed working on the most?
Victoria: My “My Fair Lady in the 60s” series because I got to research a whole different culture and era of history, and the Beat Generation now influences a lot of my modern fashion sense. Also, I cannot take all the credit. I knew I wanted to put My Fair Lady in a different era but it was my father who made the final decision out of the options I suggested. And that is what I love about fashion and design. It is so interactive, crosses generational boundaries, and allows a way for families to bond and share an activity!
What are you currently working on?
Victoria: I have had this idea for a while to revamp and gender-bend a certain famous fictional character and produce the film. So, I thought, if I am already thinking of producing this film, and acting in it, why don’t I do the costume designs as well? So that is my current secret project that only a select few know about. I do not want to present it until it is ready, but also, to protect my artistic ingenuity. It will be the perfect intersection of all my passions and creative career aspirations.
Do you see your art as serving a purpose beyond art?
Victoria: Yes, especially with regards to fashion, music, and performance. My work will serve not just myself but the creative community in a variety of ways. They will be the costumes for great theatrical productions, as well as CGI films and music videos. They will revolutionize fashion on the runway and reshape our ideas of traditional beauty and convention. They will be works of art that hang in museums for decades to come and inspire the next generation of innovators and artists.
What’s next on the horizon for Victoria?
Victoria: I have known for a while now that my passion is in fashion, but I realized that I am not interested in doing quotidienne fashion but rather haute couture and my desire to explore more unconventional pieces extend to creating superhero/villain costumes, music videos, performance art and so much more.