We had the good fortune of connecting with Biridiana Torres and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Biridiana, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Art has always brought joy to my life. I recall being about 10 years old when I stumbled upon a notebook laying around in my house and claiming it as my sketchbook. 10 year old me enjoyed sketching gowns and dresses in that book. I was so proud of my collection of fashion sketches. So proud that I had the capability to draw something that moments before was a simple vision in my mind. I had the ability to transfer an image in my head to an illustration on paper, and to me, that was truly amazing. I was so over-joyed with my passion for my fashion sketches that sharing my drawings with my family and friends became one of my favorite hobbies. About 7 years later, I was a junior in high school. I had completely forgotten that as a child my love was fashion. This year was the first year I attended prom which meant I had to go prom dress shopping! I recall being disappointed in the dress selection mainly because I had a vision in my head of the most perfect dress, and of course that dress was not available at any store because that dress was a figment of my imaginitive mind. I accepted that fact, and settled for a Navy Blue mermaid dress, but don’t get me wrong, the dress was classic and pretty; it just wasn’t the dress of my dreams. Fast forward 1 year and I am now a senior in high school. My previous experience with dress shopping reminded me that deep down I had a passion for fashion that needed to be awoken. My senior year of high school was the year I remembered that when at the mere age of 10, I had the creativity to design gowns and dresses. I decided my senior year of high school that I was not only going to design my prom dress that year, but also physically sew it and make my dream dress come to life! I pursued an artistic and/or creative career because I discovered that having the ability to turn a vision, a design, or a passion into reality not only brings joy to my life but also to other people’s lives. Whether it’s art in the form of fashion, painting, or any of the other forms it takes, I know that art itself brings people together and that is truly something special.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a fashion designer and an artist. My canvas is fabric and I express my creativity via fashion. I first started my journey by taking orders for custom dresses. When creating any dress there will always be some sort of a challenge whether it be construction or design wise. To overcome challenges I have experienced during the dress making process, I make sure to take a deep breath, review all of my options, and execute a final look that I am proud of. Lessons I have learned throughout the way is that although I am a very knowledgeable and skilled seamstress, I have realized that the design element is what brings the most joy to my life. Which is why my brand is now focusing on the art side of apparel design versus accepting custom orders. My brand will now be focusing on creating art in the from of fashion. I have decided to no longer take custom orders in hopes to invest my time and energy on creative pieces that can be considered wearable art, avant garde, or even abstract. The goal is to let my creativity flow to its maximum potential.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I absolutely adore thrift shopping, eating, checking out awesome breweries, and taking a stroll through the city! If I were to plan an itinerary for a friend and I it would start at one of the many thrift shops in Denver, CO since I live around that area! Finding vintage clothing is not only exciting, but also inspiring. Just like history repeats itself so does fashion. 😁 Next we would grab a bite to eat! We would go to Watercourse which is one of my favorite restaurants and is 100% vegan! After dinner we would head to Little Man’s Ice Cream for dessert. Ice cream is so fun and Little Man’s carries vegan options that are so flavorful! Finally, from the ice cream shop we would walk down to the Denver Beer CO brewery which is located pretty close to Little Man’s!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to thank my family for their endless support. Having them believe in me since the very beginning means the world to me and has made the challenging times feel more attainable. I also want to thank the Apparel Design and Production program at CSU! Thanks to the professors, I was able to learn how to construct garments. I also interned at The Wedding Seamstress in Arvada and at Anabella Poletti Design House in Fort Collins. Thanks to the opportunity I had interning for these two wonderful companies, I was able to acquire the skills needed to work on high end gowns such as wedding dresses.
Instagram: I’m on Instagram as @ixaloyana
Nikki Wissler and IXA’LOYANA