The designer marries architecture and fashion in her line

CMH Fashion Week: Meet Azmara Asefa

The countdown to the CMH Fashion Week Bridal Show and Finale Runway Show is on. We're profiling the designers whose work you will see-and giving you a sneak peek of what will walk the runway. The bridal show is Oct. 11, and the finale Oct. 12; tickets are available at Today, meet Azmara Asefa.

Azmara Asefa – An architectural designer and Columbus native, Asefa's Wearable Environments II collection synthesizes fashion and architectural material exploration with items like wood veneer, tyvek and felt, with Ethiopian cultural references through form, fabric and tessellated patterns, all with an East London edge.

CMH Fashion Week Meet the Designers

Name: Azmara Asefa

Age: 27 years old

Residence: Gahanna


B.A. in Architecture from Miami University Master of Architecture from University of Cincinnati Work at GreenbergFarrow Architects Fashion shows at Miami University

Story: I'm an architectural designer. For my master's thesis, I designed wearable environments for nomadic refugees in the Horn of Africa. This crossover between architecture and fashion is something that has always interested me, and now I have the opportunity to explore it again!

Personal Style: Graphic lines, prints and forms

Style icon: 1970s David Bowie

5 favorite designers:

Issey Miyake Vivienne Westwood Hussein Chalayan Alexander McQueen Sruli Recht

3 favorite pieces:

My finale dress, which is a vintage gown I repaired and altered A form-fitting, comic book print mini dress from Primark, the British Walmart of clothes A shirt I made for the designer castings. I kept it for myself because I loved it so much. It was an Ethiopian scarf, and it's now a flowy, open-back elegant shirt.

True style is… telling your story though your appearance-hair, clothes, shoes, fragrance, posture, scars, walk, speech-an outward reflection to the world of who you are.

Collection: The collection looks like something ancient nomadic royalty would wear. It is architectural with cross-cultural references. It uses architectural techniques and materials and manipulates them to fit the body.

Are items for sale? The items from the collection aren't for sale, but they can be replicated. The simple pieces range from $60 to $250. The complex pieces start at $1,000.

Custom work? Yes, I do custom work. Those projects typically start at $150. It depends on the materials and the complexity of construction.

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Photos courtesyScott Cunningham