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Emerging designer uses latest technology to create designs for celeb clients

Created: September 29, 2021 01:45 PM

American designer, Asher Levine has taken a unique approach to fashion, integrating high-tech to create cutting-edge designs for some of the world's best known celebrities.

Inspired by engineering design, science, and biology, Levine takes ideas from the structures found in nature to make dresses with textures and silhouettes that wow.

"As humans we always have kind of yearned for nature, we like exotic skins but to me what is the exotic skin of the future.  I think we can move beyond furs, we can move beyond exotic reptile skins, and we can create our own skins now using technology," Levine said.

Levine's showstopping designs have been worn by forward thinking artists such as Lady Gaga, Lil Nas X, and Nicki Minaj.

His "Tetra" collection uses digital filters the wearer can download to enhance the look of each dress.

Included in the wearable technology collection is a "reptile" inspired dress, a 24-carat gold plated "Dragonfly" dress and jackets with what Levine describes as "body extensions."

"I've always been obsessed with adding body extensions and how we can make it sexy on the human form. I was concepting virtual fashion in 2014 and now we have the technology in our pockets to wear virtual fashion," he said.

"To me virtual fashion is now a new virtual fabric layer on top of the body and so I'm excited to explore new ways that we can express ourselves and express our identities in a virtual environment," Levine added.

Levine started sewing when he was 10 years old and eventually earned a B.A in Business Entrepreneurship from the Lubin School of Business at Pace University.

The designer credits New York City nightlife with his experimental designs and fascination with incorporating illumination into his pieces.

Levine founded his label "AL" in 2010 - creating a reputation that radically questions and reconfigures paradigms of the 21st-century wardrobe.

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