By: Diane Granahan
Amidst the mass amount of creativity during February’s New York Fashion Week, one designer who shined bright was Carin Rodebjer, whose collection was inspired by the photographs of Mary Ellen Mark. While diverse in subject, Mark’s photos are known for portraying a high level of humanity and compassion in a way that intimately expresses the beauty of realism. A similarity can already be drawn between the two artists’ work in that they are both inspired by people and have a shared desire to pull forth personalities in their work - revealing what’s inside each person rather than masking it. Among the many details in Rodebjer’s collection are t-shirts that quote Mark’s own statement “Reality is always extraordinary”, along with fishnet overlays that pay homage to Mark’s famous photo titled, Tiny in Her Halloween Costume. Rodebjer does a good job in tying these two worlds together with a unique humbleness and elegance. Mary Ellen Mark passed away in May 2015.