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Designer Bio: Nathaly E. Meristil

By: Rachel Handel Filed under: Fashion

September 10, 2015

2014 graduate, Associate of Applied Science, Fashion Design, The Art Institute of New York City
“I’ve struck a good balance between risk and facing my own limitation. I’m constantly reminding myself that this is not just a class project, the stakes are high!”

Nathaly E. Meristil discovered her interest in fashion at the young age of 12. Working on a class project, she created a Karate Gi out of newspaper—then started experimenting with fabric as a hobby.

Her creative inspirations are Consuelo Castiglion and Francisco Costa. “Their designs manage to take risks while remaining clean and sophisticated. [This is a] quality I aspire to incorporate into my own collection.” She also follows “The Sartorialist,” Scott Schuman’s blog. “Several years ago, I spotted him taking pictures around New York City. If I could go back in time, I would definitely muster the courage to talk to him!”

Nathaly’s collection for New York Fashion Week, “The Infinite Climb,” was created to make women look and feel powerful. Her design process is driven by shapes and dimensions—and was derived from feelings she experienced after completing her degree and moving into the real world. “Like so many others, I felt lost after graduation, as if I climbing up a spiral staircase trying to reach my potential as a person and a designer. I’ve encapsulated these emotions in my accent piece, a vest that incorporates different spiral shapes.”

Nathaly adds that finding inspiration is an integral part of her design process. “I want people to feel my message the instant they lay eyes of my collection.” She begins with sketches, then moves onto small-scale patterns of the final looks. Nathaly then chooses fabrics that complement the look and move effortlessly on those wearing the finished product.

She attributes her success to her education at The Art Institute of New York City, stating, “[it] taught me much more than just design. I learned about the ins and outs of this industry and the consumers. By the time I completed Draping, Studio 3 and Collections, I was confident in my talent and abilities.”

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