The inspiration for "Mariposa" is Dia De Los Muertos. In this popular Latin celebration of life and those who have preceded us. It is believed that death neutralizes us all. In a physical world where what you have and how you look is overly emphasized, the skeleton is used as a canvas to mock the wealthy by dressing her in elaborate and rich ensembles and accessories. In creating this ensemble I utilized hand felting, laser cutting, stained glass, and free form stitching to create authentic textiles. The goal was to create pieces that are experimental, innovative, and couture despite limitations of wealth and social class. In a time where people are becoming more aware of the challenges in mass productions: 'race to the bottom' , human rights, economic disparity, and factory collapse; the client is appreciating craftsmanship and authenticity more than perhaps they did before.