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Juarez Violence Inspiring New York Fashion

It’s not unusual for designers to be inspired by the Big Apple.

This time, the border is inspiring New York fashion.

The design sister team of “Rodarte” recently showed off designs at New York’s fashion week that were inspired by the border and the violence happening in Juarez.

“It’s interesting to do things that express things that people don’t want to talk about,” Kate Mulleavy said.

The violence in Juarez has become the latest inspiration for a high-end fashion show in New York with ghost-like models representing maquila workers-turned victims.

The sister design team ‘Rodarte’ came to the El Paso border recently.

For many people, clothes are just items to wear, but for designers, clothing is a work of art.

“It’s just interesting how some things can be so grim, but they can still find a lightness to it,” said budding fashion designer at El Paso Community College, Eduardo Martinez.

He says he’s not surprised the border violence showed up at New York fashion week.

“El Paso has tons of inspiration, ” exclaimed Martinez.

“Karl Lagerfeld has been here to photograph White Sands. Bob Mackie used to come all the time to El Paso, ” said Trish Winstead, the fashion coordinator at EPCC.

She says many other designers have come to the border for ideas. Their thoughts coming alive in fashion design.

“Really what is on people’s minds, it’s interesting how it always just bubbles to the surface,” said Winstead.

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