Esther Myong Hall on her inspirations, challenges & personal style

The Alternative Fashion Mob will host Alternative Fashion Week from April 19 to 26. A week of workshops, presentations and runway shows will culminate in a grand finale fashion show at The Gallery at Strongwater Food & Spirits. Ten local designers will show full collections, and 10 more will show mini-collections. Go here for more info. Meet one of the designers below.

Name: Esther Myong Hall

Age: 33

Residence: Grandview Heights

Credentials: BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, focus in fashion and sculpture. 2003 Fashion Instructor with Columbus College of Art and Design in Continuing Professional Studies. Recipient of the Emmanuel Ungaro Marshall Fields Scholarship 2002 and Grand Prize Winner of the Styles Scotland International Fashion Show USA and Scotland 2003.

My story: I've always been into fashion and art but not in the conventional sense. My mom taught me to sew, knit and crochet when I was 8, and I never stopped. I was always terrible at drawing, but I could mold and make fantastic things with my hands, which is why I pursued sculpture in college but ultimately went back to my love of fashion.

Personal style: Avant-garde

Favorite local stores: Tigertree, Milk Bar, Brigade

Style icon: It's hard to name just one. Vivienne Westwood, Tilda Swinton, Helena Bonham Carter

Favorite designers: Viktor & Rolf, Vivienne Westwood, Valentino, Madeleine Vionnet and Sandra Backlund

True style is…not being afraid to dress with confidence in whatever you want.

Inspiration for this collection: Tilda Swinton and the irregularities that my knitting machine produces.

Biggest challenge in creating this collection: Time. There is never enough in the day to do everything that I want.

Are items shown in this collection for sale?Yes, they start at $85 going up to more than $1,000 depending on the piece, as each is one-of-a-kind and non-replicable because of technique or fabric.

Do you do custom work?Most of my clients are custom work. I charge by the piece, typically starting around $75 for simple pieces if they are adjustments or easy to replicate. For larger custom pieces, such as wedding gowns or evening gowns, prices start at $500.

Personal website and/or contact info:
www.tornangel.com
Torn.angel.design@gmail.com