Ryan Morar grew up in Santa Monica / West LA where he graduated from Alexander Hamilton High School. Currently earning his B.F.A. in Menswear Design, Ryan was selected as a winner in the “Menswear” category of the 2011 Discarded to Divine Design Competition and Charity Auction. His graduation collection is inspired mainly by Robert Rauschenberg’s “Combines” mixed media artwork, along with influences of discordant sounds of early ’80’s Sonic Youth and Beat Happening albums. Elements of garments were deconstructed to create different shapes, new silhouettes and give a very raw, free-form aesthetic to the collection. Ryan collaborated with B.F.A. Textile Design student Melissa Avalos.
Melissa Avalos was born in Houston, Texas but grew up in Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico. Visually inspired by Robert Rauschenberg’s works, Melissa collaborated with Menswear Design student Ryan Morar, listening to old school hip hop as her soundtrack for those long days printing patterns.