For the annual Couture for a Cause runway show these designs were created to embody the mission of InterAct of Wake County, a nonprofit that provides safety, support, and awareness to victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. I chose to design for InterAct because they provide the tools and resources for victims to become survivors and the powerless to become powerful.
My looks are sexy and bold because the survivors have regained control of their life and their bodies and what they do with them. In my ready-to-wear look, I captured InterActs spirit of innovation with the use of 3D printing. My 3D prints are made up of many small rigid pieces but instead of falling apart come together. This look utilizes black fabrics because many women come to InterAct with their belongings in a trash bag but leave transformed into their true self. My couture look includes a laser cut bra top and bare midriff to show the strong woman who survived. This is matched with a grand skirt with a waistband reminiscent of a championship belt because these women are ready to show the world who they really are.
All sketches, 3D models, and garments are original work by Rysa Ruth.