Emily Omesi’s Delicate Balance of Opposing Forces

With June’s theme being DUALITY, this is the perfect time to showcase FIT fashion designer, Emily Omesi. Her work exudes a sense of balance, as it shifts effortlessly between the masculine and feminine, the strong and the soft. By mixing contrasting textiles such as leather and organza, suede and tulle, along with complex designs flux with historical and artistic inspiration, she constructs an absolute harmony of fabrics that transcends tradition.

Balancing these contrasting forces must take an enormous amount of restraint, intuition, and aesthetic understanding. Yet, she makes it look so easy. Omesi says, “My goal isn’t to create sex-appeal, but rather make the person wearing my garment feel a sense of power. I think there is just as much power in daintiness and delicacy, as there is in hard and forcefulness- the right combination can create something beautiful.” The right combination is right. Perhaps that’s the best way to describe her work- a delicate balance of opposing forces.

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Designer: Emily Omesi, Photographer: John Bakunas, Model: Simone Lowe
Image Courtesy of Emily Omesi
Designer: Emily Omesi, Photographer: John Bakunas, Model: Simone Lowe
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Designer: Emily Omesi, Photographer: John Bakunas, Model: Simone Lowe
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Designer: Emily Omesi, Photographer: John Bakunas, Model: Simone Lowe

“This garment was inspired by Artemisia Gentileschi’s “Judith Slaying Holofernes”. This piece inspired me because Gentileschi was one of the first women of her time to attend art school and be celebrated for her talent (which was very unheard of in the 16th century). She studied with Caravaggio, who’s original painting showed a very timid and delicate women, while Gentileschi painted a strong female figure (herself) murdering her rapist. I contrast Caravaggio and Gentileschi’s visions of a women in this gown, by using soft silk organza to frame the intricate leather corset.”

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Designer & Photographer: Emily Omesi, Model: Stephanie Zhang
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Designer & Photographer: Emily Omesi, Model: Stephanie Zhang
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Designer & Photographer: Emily Omesi, Model: Stephanie Zhang

“This dress is a study of materials, inspired by mazes. I utilized a very delicate pleated trim to create a “maze-like” design, with cascading organza to frame it. I really like using two very different items (one sharp and one soft) and combining them to make both elements stand out.  I think it’s incredibly important to always add some contrasting element into your work as it provides dimension and breadth.”

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Designer: Emily Omesi, Photographer: Melissa Isabel,
Model: Alena Renay, Stylist: Adriana Gonzalez, MUA: Ashley Victoria
Image Courtesy of Emily Omesi
Designer: Emily Omesi, Photographer: Melissa Isabel,
Model: Alena Renay, Stylist: Adriana Gonzalez, MUA: Ashley Victoria

“This is a set of a lingerie slip completely made out of tulle, with an asymmetrical suede bra.  The contrast in this look is more obvious, as leather and tulle are two very different materials.  My goal for this look was to make lingerie that’s not sexy- the contradiction of something that is viewed as the image of sex, but making it something opposite. My personal style and design aesthetic is modest, but still exposes elements of the body.”

Follow Emily Omesi on Instagram @emilyomesi

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