'The umbrella dress has a lot of meaning for me. It was the first piece of the collection and is the first garment I ever created fully from drafting the pattern all the way through construction. The dichotomy of the dress really interests me. It is an elegant cocktail dress, but yet made from what people considered garbage, broken umbrellas that I reclaimed from the streets of NYC. Therefore, it provokes thought on life cycles in design while also taking a stab at the fashion industry and the importance that is frequently placed on what we wear.'