By admin | September 11, 2017
Nikki Hendricks; Bending the lines
Words by Annelies Keus
Based out of Washington, D.C., 2017 Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) graduate, Nikki Hendricks is taking the world by storm. Her senior thesis, a fashion collection called “The Blends” was recently selected by Oxford Fashion Studio for the upcoming New York and Paris Fashion Weeks.
Despite being discouraged in the past, she strives for equality and understanding within her community and the rest of the world. From the heart of Baltimore, Nikki was part of the 2016 Annual Benefit Fashion Show DONROSE, an initiative aimed to respond to the divide by urging designers to create collections that “considered societal labels such as gay or straight, male or female, black or white, and rich or poor—labels that are often imposed from birth.” Once she realized she could use her designs as a political statement, she started her own label.
With this collection, Nikki makes a bold statement underlying current issues about race, religion, gender and sexuality. Her designs are extraordinary in print and color, while the cuts and materials create a unique shape for both men and women. This collection was made with a rebellious attitude, encouraging the wearer to choose and represent his or her own identity. With her work, she is is well on her way to conquer the world of fashion, while graciously bending the lines from inequality towards justice.