For our March issue, Seoul-born, Dallas-raised artist Sally Yërin Oh illustrated looks from J.W. Anderson, Dior, Céline, and Fendi featuring big, bold, romantic gathered sleeves. But Oh, who is now based in New York, is more than just an illustrator. The 24-year-old studied at the Dallas Arts Studio from ages three to 18 before pursuing a degree in Apparel Design at RISD. Currently, Oh is developing her own ready-to-wear fashion line, OYËRIN.
“I am always heavily influenced by what I’m listening to and reading at the time,” Oh says of OYËRIN. “For the past six months that’s meant the sounds of Amy Winehouse, young Kanye, Panama, and novels by Patti Smith, Murakami, Eileen Myles, and Sylvia Plath. These, and my undying muse Egon Schiele, are very much infused into my collection, and everything I do,” she continues. “I spent my college days focusing so much on precise drafting, pattern making, and tailoring. I’m letting loose, now, and designing intuitively—expect dark colors and a wide array of textures.”
Oh plans to debut her collection in an “intimate presentation with family and friends” later this year. “I hope people I admire, regardless of gender or age, will want to wear my clothing,” she says. “To be integrated into their lives as a medium of function and expression would be the greatest compliment of all.”
FOR MORE ON OH AND OYËRIN, VISIT OH’S WEBSITE.