Micah Clasper-Torch is an artist, designer and stylist, living and working in Brooklyn, New York.
Her contemporary womenswear is characterized by a fusion of classic menswear inspired tailoring with a vintage, feminine touch that exudes casual sophistication and subtle confidence. Her base color palette of neutrals such as black, brown, white, gray and navy are accented by occasional bursts of color or pattern, and is complimented by texture, high quality fabric and attention to detail in construction.
Micah graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology with a Bachelors degree in Sportswear and an Associates degree in Tailoring. She studied abroad at the Politecnico di Milano in Milan, Italy, where she drew inspiration from her travels and experiences, attending trade shows such as Pitti Uomo in Florence, PremierVision in Paris, and ISPO in Munich. In New York, she has held internships at Shoshanna, REYÉS and Polo Ralph Lauren, and worked backstage for three seasons of Olympus Fashion Week. During her sophomore year, Micah was awarded the Critics Choice Award by Bernard Holtzman of Harvé Bernard for a tailored coat she designed.
Throughout her four years at FIT, Micah pushed herself beyond the confines of classes, and by the time she graduated, she had created three small collections and participated in 7 fashion shows supplemental to her work for school. In 2007, she and a friend produced VERVEnyc, a large-scale fashion show and music event which took place at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square. The event, hosted by André J and headlining the designs of former Project Runway contestant Zulema Griffin, drew a crowd of over 1000. Her designs have been featured online by blogs such as newyorkcool.com, which calls her a designer to definitely look out for and an article for Beyond Race Magazine written about her and her work with VERVE states that "her ambition certainly sets her apart from her peers, but so does her view of fashion as a collaborative process".
The success of an event that brought music and fashion together, paired with Micah's post-FIT job at the Chelsea design gallery Sebastian + Barquet, inspired her immensely, and sparked the idea for an exhibit merging art and fashion. In February 2010 she was able to present this concept through an exhibition of emerging design in which 10 fashion designers drew inspiration for an outfit from a piece of 20th century furniture on display in the Sebastian + Barquet gallery. The exhibit, which was on display during Fashion Week, was designed to raise awareness and support the efforts of the Save the Garment Center Campaign.
The experience of conceptualizing, casting, organizing and publicizing events of this scale opened Micah's mind to new possibilities for collaboration, working together with other designers, artists and musicians to create and achieve their collective goals a reoccurring theme which has become an integral part of her design work today.
Micah currently works full time within the corporate design industry, while maintaining her connection to her own work through designing and styling for private clients, as well as collage work and fashion illustration.
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