Nothing captures the essence of a designer quite like their take on a classic. However, transfusing a specific aesthetic onto the familiar is no easy feat. An essential item is at its best when it maintains a level of truth—its foundation still recognizable to an audience in the midst of nuance. This speaks to the way in which clothing acts as language, where wearers connect with designers based on the fluency of what is “spoken” or created. A mutual relationship is developed from this poetic exchange and a bond is formed. The story of one designer in particular is rooted in this idea; for her, a simple white shirt says it all.

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