DESIGNER (NEW YORK)
Nirco Castillo’s modern, minimalist yet energetically fluid design sensibility is equally informed by his past as his progressive view on fashion. Born in Santiago, Dominican Republic and moving to Rhode Island when he was six years old, Nirco cites a vibrant mix of cultural challenges, personal triumphs, his close-knit family and a creatively steeped environment in shaping a strong sense of self as well as artistic viewpoint. Nirco explores the idea that fashion is both a visual manifestation of self-identity and sociological force through his design process. And as a result, the end product is an evolving, forward-thinking, boundary-pushing commentary on societal notions of fashion, from functionality to feminine ideals.