Dorian Rahimzadeh on Finding Strength in Progress and Positivity
The designer has moved to seasonless collections, and is utilizing off-cut supplies to make face masks.
“I’ve been making an attempt to speak to and inspire different those that it is a good change. We actually wanted this pause; why don’t you simply attempt to be optimistic and see how one can enhance and how one can educate your self, and dwell in a different way?” Designer and artistic director Dorian Rahimzadeh is reflecting on how COVID-19 has affected her outlook on life and her enterprise, the eponymous ungendered model she launched final yr and has since re-conceived as a seasonless assortment.
Rahimzadeh, who is predicated in Toronto and lately did a self-isolation diary for our site, moved to Canada after rising up in Iran and learning vogue in Turkey at an outpost of Montreal’s LaSalle Faculty. “Once I moved to Toronto, there was a complete tradition shock,” she says. “It was a totally new place for me. I used to be conversant in European tradition, however not North American tradition.” She admits that she didn’t like being in Toronto for the primary few months due to this distinct shift, however by means of the encouragement of engaged on initiatives similar to Xposed (helmed by FASHION’s George Antonopoulos) and being named on Toronto Life’s Greatest Dressed Listing, her creativity was nurtured and he or she determined to forge forward along with her design work right here.
Along with engaged on her flamboyant sartorial creations crafted with deadstock materials and that includes exaggerated silhouettes, Rahimzadeh has additionally constructed up a big following on her private Instagram account; and he or she has used her platform lately to talk out in regards to the Black Lives Matter protests. “I personally really feel very related [to this] as a result of I grew up in Iran and it’s one of the horrible international locations to dwell in. I nonetheless suppose I belong to Iran, however I’ve zero tolerance and 0 curiosity to return. Toronto is my new residence, and I’m making an attempt to be a brand new Canadian,” she says. “When the protests began, I used to be actually to see how folks react. [Iranians] haven’t seen the identical racism however we’ve seen violence; I’ve with my very own eyes. I noticed that individuals can get collectively and have this energy to attach and unfold love. I’m making an attempt to study, and I’m looking for a strategy to collaborate with folks to see how we may help the motion. This isn’t one thing that we will see after which overlook about. That’s one thing that occurs with Iran; we see so many tragic tales and folks will publish about it, after which the following day every thing is sort of a new day. I’m comfortable to see that persons are nonetheless speaking about it, and educating different folks. It’s an attractive motion.”
Utilizing public profile to attract consideration to world occasions and encourage change is actually the perfect use of affect, however Rahimzadeh is hesitant to say that title for herself. “I don’t just like the phrase ‘influencer’ however I name myself that as a result of I don’t know one other phrase for it,” she says. “However lots of people get impressed by my life. I’m making an attempt to be lively and present them that this isn’t the time to get depressed; you want to respect this time and do one thing for your self and different folks.”
This proactive and assured angle additionally prevails in how Rahimzadeh sees her position within the Canadian vogue panorama, noting that when she launched her label, some folks informed her to maneuver to ensure that her to make an affect. “I assumed, I’ve vitality to truly assist the style business,” she says of why she’s stayed put. “I’ve change into obsessive about researching and serving to. I really feel like rising folks have the ability to get collectively and assist to construct a extra sustainable business with extra job alternatives. [And] I’m excited about how I as a newcomer with loads of vitality may help the Canadian financial system.”
Rahimzadeh can be channeling her ambitions into crafting a better-run enterprise; she’s used off-cut supplies from her collections to create equipment and face masks, and says her seasonless type of designing will permit her to be extra significant in her course of. “Originally of COVID, I assumed, that is the time. If I’m going to make a change, I must do it now,” she says of what she’s noticed from the wastefulness of the style business as its existed for years due to over-production. As an alternative, she’s centered on maximizing what she’s been profitable at, and constructing on it. “I need to keep on with my signature items and make them higher and higher, and attempt to add extra sizes,” she notes.
Progress has at all times been a accomplice of creativity, and now that she’s in Toronto, Rahimzadeh feels she’s in a position to honour her most genuine self; that’s probably the place a lot of her vitality comes from. When talking about her use of daring colors in her designs–which is closely influenced by rising up round items from her father’s Persian rug enterprise–she notes that that is rooted in a self-expression she wasn’t in a position to indulge whereas in Iran due to strict authorities impositions. “It was a damaging factor in my life as a result of I at all times beloved colors,” she says. “Once I moved right here, it was sort of a revolution for me. Canada is a really free nation. Once I moved right here, [it was] the beginning of my actual life; I can put on no matter I need, and I can design no matter I need. I noticed I may specific myself freely.”