Have you ever admired a city or town from above? From its meandering rivers, snow capped mountains, or simply stunning colors. Fashion designer Azin Valy admired the view so much; she decided to make a fashion statement out of it. We caught up with her in her Cityzen New York City show room.
An architect by training, Valy was always looking down while flying all over the world for business. These aerial views were inspirational and set in motion her next venture. “The topography always looked so beautiful, and I wondered why any one hadn’t used them in fashion designs?”
Her background in architecture at Cooper Union helped pave the way for an easy transition from designing buildings to designing clothes. “We were taught to think conceptually about how we approach designs, so this is just an extension of that line of thinking and education.”
Her line of scarves and dresses are all derived from topography maps of 14 different cities. Born in Iran, she hopes to use her designs as a springboard to opening up dialogue between her 2 homes, Iran and the United States. “There is an international and global aspect of it. I want peace between our two countries and I hope to start building bridges through fashion.”
The dresses have a classic cut and are made out of stretch material to shape and compliment any body type. Fabrics include matte rayon lined with silk, and a satin stretch, form-fitting fabric that hides imperfections. “The topography of each city defines the garment, like allowing a river to turn into a strap or a sexy slit, or a mountain that creates a neckline incorporating many folds like the Tehran dress. Even some of the colors are based on the topography of the city. The Hong Kong dress is derived from the deep purple flowers that symbolize it.
Her stunning, globally inspired designs also give back. The hang tags on her dresses and scarves promote a cause for the city that it represents. The tag also lists cultural interests, restaurants, and dining options.
A-listers who love her designs include Grammy Winner, Esperanza Spalding, film director, Shirin Neshat, and the Chicago dress is hanging in Michelle Obama’s closet.
A mens line is also available. You can go online to find a store near you, or order her custom dresses, scarves and bags at www.cityzenbyazin.com.