Dani Dubay-Betters - "Most Innovative"
This collection, "Kin," draws inspiration from the traditional textile practices of the Kazakh women of Mongolia, for whom techniques like weaving, felting, and embroidery are culturally significant and vey distinctive.
In approaching the theme of technology, Dani opted to focus not on technological additions to apparel, but rather on the cultural losses we experience as the result of the spread of technology. Technological advances and the free distribution of information are beneficial, but create an environment in which cultural vibrancy is, in some ways, unsustainable. The collection makes use of the texture and exaggeration pushed to impracticality. Overly long sleeves and full volume create unusual proportions on the body.