Jasmin Shokrian - 2005
Los Angeles native Jasmin Shokrian counts her mother - an impeccable tailor trained in Iran - among her major influences. Shokrian traveled and lived in various countries as a child, later earning a BFA in film, painting and sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Shortly after graduation, Shokrian founded a collective with several Chicago artists to explore three-dimensional sculpture, often using fabric as a medium. These projects organically evolved into clothing and other wearable art. In 2000, Shokrian's growing interest in design prompted her to launch a line of handmade interior objects with designer Shane Gabier. The pair's imaginative work soon appeared on the shelves of high-end retailers in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.
Shokrian's ardor for fashion persisted, and she ultimately channeled her culturally rich upbringing and formal art training into her eponymous fashion label in 2003.