Social media possesses the unique ability to garner major clientele that normally wouldn’t have access to up-and-coming designers. The digital sphere has proved that it can be an integral tool for creatives to share their work. All it takes is one celebrity to see, love, and share a breakout designer's work for the new designer to reach stardom.

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Some fashion designers like Maximillian Davis took the COVID-19 lockdown as an opportunity to create something unique to send the world a message of unity, strength, and solidarity. 

Davis is a fashion star in London who highlights Black elegance by making his fashion debut in 2020. Davis said that a lot of his designs are inspired by his Trinidadian roots, in his grandmother and their connection to the Carnival as well as inspiration drawn from a family friend who was his tailor for over a decade—which led to his SS21 Breakout Collection.  

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American Fashion Designer Thom Browne has made a name for himself in menswear and womenswear and uniform-esque designs; he has had celebrities and influential figures such as actress Kristen Stewart and former First Lady Michelle Obama wear his label to events from the red carpet to presidential inaugurations. Although he has been known for his lines for adults, he has recently come out with a new clothing line for children, composed of uniforms —not the usual choice for kids’ fashion.

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Despite their obvious differences, Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream,” Maroon 5’s “Payphone,” Britney Spears’s “Circus,” and Ke$ha’s “Tik Tok” all have one person in common: Benny Blanco. The Virginia native has created a name for himself within the music industry as a producer and writer. Blanco’s affinity for the music industry began early, with him loving music as a child and wanting to become a rapper. This dream shifted, as Blanco explains in an NPR interview. “I realized no one wanted to hear a chubby Jewish kid rap, so I was like, ‘Oh I guess I’ll make all my own music, and I’ll write songs for other people.” 

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In March of 2019, I was lucky enough to visit the country of Bulgaria. I had in my mind preconceived notions and stereotypes about the country, from every red-scare visual of Eastern Europe to picturing a country full of Viktor Krum's (the Bulgarian Quidditch player from the Harry Potter series). What I didn’t expect was a vibrant and colorful country that while flawed, is still so full of life and beauty throughout. The contradicting existence of modern-day Bulgaria, as a country still coming to terms with the end of state socialism and dealing with the impending globalization that comes from the English-speaking world, a country both urban and rural, a country that often seems like it’s stuck in the middle though. Within this contradictive existence lies a possibility that has just begun to be explored: fashion.

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