While working on this collection, I experienced emotions I had never felt before. The collection began with a few looks that were meant to be minimal and thoughtful, but little did I know what a journey the collection would become. It has taken me to my most vulnerable states, and also to my happiest.
In the past year, I experienced a lot of emotions. There was so much for me to process. I fell into a deep depression in the midst of falling in love for the first time. I was experiencing a wild array of emotions. I was so happy and so infatuated with this person, whilst being held down by crippling anxiety. What was happening? What needed to change? How do I get there?
Throughout my life I was told to suppress my emotions and only speak of it behind closed doors. I had to uphold an image of perfection to the public eye, while internally, I was in so much pain. I was looking for salvation at the feet of those who had no intentions or desire to help. I felt so alone. I was taught that what I was experiencing wasn’t okay and needed to stay hidden. It wasn’t until they left that I found salvation and redemption in the arms of those who have faced the same battles.
As I finished the collection and began healing, I started traveling and talking with so many beautiful people. I found myself talking to anyone who would take the time to talk with me about their own battles, and the common grounds we share. This was the most liberating experience. I found so much beauty in these stories and the connections we made.
The majority of us have experienced forms of anxiety and depression, and we will all experience heartbreak as well. From destruction comes creation.