New Denim Design Talent: HAMM

Today WGSN highlights Parson’s graduate designer Hye Gin Hamm’s thesis collection inspired by her native Korea’s Seung Bok monk clothing fused with American style.

Months of blood, sweat and tears culminate at Gradate Fashion Week, where BA graduate students showcase their collections to the industry for the first time. Each year delivers a swathe of fresh denim design talent with young designers selecting denim as their fabric of choice to carve out their show pieces.

For 2014, Parson’s graduate designer Hye Gin Hamm has produced one of the most progressive denim ranges with her thesis collection Namitabul Gawnseumbosal. Selected as one of the finalists for Parsons and Kering’s “Empowering Imagination” competition, Hamm blew away the panel with her collection inspired by a mix of American ‘denim’ style and her native Korea’s Seung Bok monk clothing. Urban silhouettes like bomber jackets and sweaters are layered with robes and elongated tops that perfectly blend a mix of East and West. Whats more all of the sturdy 18OZ indigo and ecru denims are produced and washed by hand in New York.

In an interview with Style.com, HAMM commented on her collection: “I’ve attempted to create a relaxed street aesthetic through attention to texture, colors, and silhouette, and detailing derived from a mix of American and Korean elements. Hand-washed denim denoting a traditional American characteristic is cut in oversized square silhouettes. Inspired by the faded color of monk clothing, stone-washing and bleaching techniques create gradient ombré effects. An exaggerated blanket shawl with Buddha graphic is inspired by a monk’s robe. The collection’s customized accessories, including vintage Nike sneakers with added rubber monk soles, also convey cultural fusion.”

Check out the full collection here. 

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