Transformative Fashion - Maine College of Art

Kelsey Haley ’15

I work to showcase the beauty that exists in different cultures throughout the world.

Inspiration for designer Kelsey Haley comes from travel.  “Whether it be the people I meet, the architecture, weather, culture, or religion, all of these components play a role in the making of my textiles and final garments. I work to showcase the beauty that exists in different cultures throughout the world, inspired by ancestry, utilizing traditional textile techniques of weaving, knitting and fabric manipulation.”

Originally from the Boston area, she now lives in Portland.  Her designs transform her models into living sculptures as she strives “to create the hidden world where the human and nonhuman merge and exchange places. The usual rules of nature and community are suspended while representing a dramatic metaphor for art’s ability to transmute the ordinary.”