I love taking elements from my past and see how they would look in a contemporary setting. I started by looking at my childhood porcelain doll collection and breaking open their wardrobe to imagine the woman underneath. My thesis is about the journey of discovering that woman, and leaving the doll behind. Just like taking elements inspired from the doll dress to create a contemporary silhouette, I used the toile de Jouy print out of its original context, juxtaposing it with an unrelated and comical dialogue. it is a playful approach that evokes conversations I had with myself while working on this personal collection, as well as words that inspired me.
In the context of a collaboration between Parsons Paris and the preste-gious fabric manufacturer Dormeuil, I created a blouse that is inspired by my classmate Huiyang. She had described the struggle of dressing herself comfortably while staying true to her love of big volumes and statement pieces. I combined key elements of volume and sportswear in this piece
ENFANT ÉGARÉ (E)
ENFANT ÉGARÉ (E)
Photographer: Laura Karam
Model: Nour Saliba
Based on Virgina Woolf's A room of one's own, I explored a space in which I seek sanctuary. A wooden bench located on Charles street and Seventh avenue. I would go sit there every day to disconnect, self-reflect, and listen to the rare sound of silence.
My conception of routine was completely shattered when I moved to New York City. My first impression of the city was a noisy and overcrowded mess where I felt simply uprooted.
I decided to embrace this feeling and design through my detachment.
A prominent element in my life is movement: movement is defined as changing physical locations, but i see it as a mental state as well. i am constantly inspired by my background living in three different cities, Beirut/Paris/NYC, that have each enriched my culture and my knowledge of self in different ways.
I identify with the idea of the flaneur. it is someone who wanders without purpose, observing, and analyzing social behaviour. i have tried adapting that vision to modern times, and to myself. today’s world is described as ugly and spoilt, but if you look at it with the purpose of finding beauty, it is all you can see.
This collection shows a study of an effaced identity. Observing different human personalities, I found myself fascinated with the idea of someone hiding in their own shadow and limiting their "movement"; erasing oneself voluntarily.
“Those who are silent, self-effacing and attentive become the recipients of confidence.” Thorton Wilder.
Je n'ai pas peur du noir
Through the theme of iconic black, I explore the idea of "The Fear of Black" and the ideology of putting yourself in a child's shoes.
Visual inspirations from my own chilhood fears, and youthful textiles.
In occasion of the Cop 21 summit in Paris during November 2015, 21 Parsons volunteers were called to participate in a project that would bring awareness to the amount of fabric waste in the Fashion industry. We each created a T-shirt using fabric scraps from an assigned color.
In this project, I illustrate organized chaos as a paradoxical state of mind. My inspiration for silhouettes is a contrast between floating organic shapes and bold black lines.
The textiles, colors, and prints are all drawn from my own chaotic home and the mess it inhabits.
Organized Chaos - Seen as an organism. Nour Sassine Visual Communication-2015
Prints and things
. "Closed Eyes" Print Design development
. Mixed-media illustrations
The Process of Imagination
2014, PARSONS CHALLENGE
"Using any medium or media, explore something usually overlooked within your daily environment. Choose one object, location, or activity. Interpret your discovery in three original pieces."