Raul Osorio: 100 Creatives
Number 79: Raul Osorio
Years spent living in MN: 6 years
Originally from Honduras, clothing designer Raul Osorio learned the tools of his trade early on from his mother and grandmother. As an adult he made his way to the U.S., eventually settling in Minnesota. We couldn't be happier to have him. In recent years Osorio has emerged as an influential presence in the local fashion scene. His clothes have been featured at Voltage: Fashion Amplified, Sceneasota, and at the Minneapolis Institute of Art's Third Thursdays. Recent projects have included Pale Rider, a Wild West meets equestrian meets high fashion collaboration with Danielle Everine, and his upcoming spring menswear line. Though his influences shift from one moment to the next, upcoming pieces appear to draw inspiration from military uniforms, classic Greek togas, and contrasting structure. We can't wait to see where his creativity takes him in 2011. Unexpected combinations are usually exciting, afterall.
Name three things that are inspiring your work right now:
1. Right now I'm obsessed with Marilyn Monroe
2.Leather is something that I really want to play with
3. Being in Honduras (my hometown), right now, feeling the warmth, the beach, and the fresh air
All three of these elemenets are helping me create my 2011 spring collection.
Name three things that inspired and/or motivated you as a budding creative type:
I'm highly emotional, so I think that has a lot to do with the drama behind my designs. I'm really excited to see my brand grow, to see an unfolding story happen chapter by chapter. I want people to continue to recognize my work and enjoy the process with me and the quality of the designs.
What was your last big project?
I kept my self really busy this past year with four shows: Voltage Fashion Amplified, Pale Rider, Sceneasota, and one of the Third Thursday events at the MIA. Pale Rider was the biggest one. This was a collaboration with Danielle Everine, produced by MNFashion with art direction by Molly Roark.
What do you have going on now or coming up in the near future that should be on our radar?
I'm currently in Honduras visiting family and running away from the snow. I'm really excited to be part of Voltage Amplified again in 2011. The new collection is going to be really provocative and elegant.
Creative/career high point (so far)?
Last year was been a great year for me. I have learned so much from the people I've been working with and it's given me a great perspective on how I want to move forward, doing what I love.
In the meantime, I feel that people in the Twin Cities are starting to recognize my work and I'm ready to go to the next level. My goal is to eventually start my own boutique. I want people to feel on top of the world wearing my pieces.
What has been your biggest challenge as a designer?
My biggest challenge has been finding stores that want to carry menswear in the Twin Cities and locating the financial support to take my line to a more mass-produced level in order to become more accessible to a larger audience.
How has the local scene changed since you began your career?
I am really proud to be part of the fashion scene in Minnesota and I think we are all working really hard to set ourselves apart creatively. I think we've made major strides lately, and it's just getting better and better everyday because of people like Anna Lee of MNFashion and Kate Iverson and Jahna Peloquin of l'etoile who are constantly searching for ways to support local talent. We still have a ways to go, but I'm so satisfied with how much we have accomplished so far.
Is there a fashion trend out there that you absolutely can't stand or simply don't get? What is it and why?
Bunny ears??? They are just silly.
Clogs: They were ugly last time they were "in" and they are still ugly now.
Jelly sandals: They are plastic and they're noisy!
If you wrote your autobiography, what would the title be?
Ripping the Seams.
For more information on Raul Osorio visit his website, raulosorio.com.
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