Myia Esper creates traditionally tailored forms that feature an unexpected twist in material and pattern making. Her aesthetic centers around physical manipulations of the expected form through highlighted sensuous details like interwoven pockets and silhouettes that challenge the way a garment is typically worn. Her silhouettes are often layered in imagery and form to further engage the viewer’s perception through contrast in opacity and pattern. By confronting the wearer’s standard of how a garment appears and is to be worn she enacts emotional explorations of the conditioned response. The work produced embodies a sense of constant change in sensory experiences of the every day. The intention of her apparel is to shift perception, to bring awareness to underlying topics like visual impressions and the intangibility of heritage. Her work gravitates towards the familiar and reflects the present. Her designs can be affiliated with the works of Jil Sander, Partow, and Celine whose designs reflect excellent craftsmanship while referencing the past but are modern through their concern for their consumer and functionality.
Myia Esper is an apparel and textile designer whose work centers around physical manipulations of the expected form and emotional explorations of the conditioned response. The work produced embodies a sense of constant change in sensory experiences of the every day. She is a recent graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, earning a BFA with scholarly distinction, and a concentration in fashion. She is also the recipient of the 2019 SAIC Fashion Merit Scholarship. Myia has most recently interned with Monse in New York City.