amantha R. Sangster, working name Samantha Rei, has beendesigning and sewing clothing since she was 13 years old . Afascination that led her into not only illustration, but painting,comic book art, and fashion design amongst other mediums.
In 1998, Samm began attending the Perpich Center for ArtsEducation in Golden Valley, Minnesota, choosing to focus on her skillsas an illustrator and painter. After graduating in 1999, she spent ayear at the College of Visual Arts (CoVA) in Saint Paul to major inillustration then continued her education at the Minneapolis Communityand Technical College for Apparel Technologies.
During her initial year of college, she began workingseriously on a project which had long remained in the brainstormingprocess, a dark comic book series entitled Morphea which derivesinfluences and ideas from cultures and myths from around the world, andvisualization styles reminiscent of Jhonen Vasquez, Roman Dirge andCLAMP. With the help of her younger brother Achillesas writer, Morphea finally came to fruition. In 2001, Dead Dog Comicspublished Morphea in an anthology entitled From Heaven to Hell, acollection of comics published by up-and-coming artists and writers.The name "Blasphemina" actually stems from an inside joke in the comic.
With inspirations stemming from historical fashion,fairytales and Japanese youth fashion, she has created a line thatfuses all of these things. She began her line and website,Blasphemina's Closet, in 2000. She makes one-of-a-kind pieces, customprojects, and high end items.
Samantha draws her inspiration from such illustrators andChris Riddell, Brom, Tony DiTerlizzi, Brett Helquist and MiharaMitsukazu as well as stories like Alice in Wonderland and Snow White.Her style has been influenced by her hero Alexander McQueen as well asdesigners Vivienne Westwood, H. Naoto, Colleen Atwood, Takuya Angel andVictorian Maiden.
Samantha's line embodies sweetness and innocence. Withmodest hemlines and flattering colors, she wants women and girls toreclaim their femininity. "You don't have to be naive to be innocent.You can be sweet and girly without showing everything," she said, "Andboys can look good, too. My men's line is based on the way my brother[Achilles] wishes he could dress every day. Men like fashion, but a lotof them are scared to admit it."
To date Samantha has been part of several fashions shows,has run the SGMS fashion show for three years and has won two awards.She has also been featured in Shojo Beat magazine, Minnesota Women'sPress, Five For Magazine, Pacific Rim Magazine, RX magazine and has anupcoming interview in the Gothic and Lolita Bible.
"I want people to feel what I feel when the girls wear theseclothes. I want them to see how they own the look and become the personthe dress was made for. I want the men to feel powerful and handsome,"she said.
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