Turning a passion into a career, Ryan Amore is a Toronto-based fashion designer and Technical Consultant at OCAD University. Amore graduated from the Fashion Design program at Ryerson University in 2014, presenting his first costume collection entitled Foresaken, at Mass Exodus that year.
The unlimited potential to be creative and experiment, as well as the chance to create a persona through fashion design, is what attracted Amore to the craft. The aesthetics and business models of designers such as Marco Marco, Zac Posen, and Michael Costello, and the innovation in fabrication techniques developed at brands such as Dior and Alexander McQueen, inspire Amore’s personal design direction and entrepreneurial goals.
Experiencing and absorbing different cities and cultures, as was done during his Europe trip in the summer of 2013, also adds fuel to his creativity. He takes inspiration from all these different sources, and integrates them into his fundamental aesthetic, combining interesting materials and textiles to create a bold and visually appealing look.
Another technique Amore often executes when designing is to layer fabrics and textures together with the same hue to add to the visual interest of the design. In turn, Amore befittingly describes his aesthetic as ‘textural sleek.’ He often doesn’t sketch prior to draping fabric over his Judy and letting his mind take over, letting the particular fabric guide him.
Embarking on several previous work endeavours in educational environments has allowed Amore to test his communication and creativity skills. Teaching others is a rewarding experience, and Amore feels blessed to have had the opportunity to pass on techniques that will benefit students.
The field of education is one that Amore wishes to return to later on life, but in the coming years is looking to either work at an international company, where he will be challenged on a daily basis, or find his own label.
Driven and passionate about the industry in all its forms, Amore is currently working towards mastering his newest interests, bespoke tailoring and hand couture sewing, alongside continuing with his full-time positions.
Forsaken, was inspired by Ancient Greek mythology. The collection follows the original Greek immortals: Zeus, Poseidon, Hera, Hestia and Demeter. Forsaken was designed to be a battle wear collection by incorporating a variety of different silhouettes, fabrics and a variety of metals and chains to creatively represent the Olympians. Many of the fabrics used, such as silks, brocades and organza, were hand- crafted in Athens, Greece. Designed with the purpose of costume wear in mind, Forsaken was specially designed with a corset closure system to allow actors of different sizes to play the role.
All fabrics and notions have been screen tested in both sound and lustre, making sure the noise of the fabrics does not interfere. Additionally, all props were designed by Ryan and created with the help of metal workers and a 3D printer. For him, costume design allows Ryan unlimited possibilities to create a character and a look, going beyond the garment itself and considering props, jewelry and scenes to set the tone of a collection.
Ryan’s Forsaken collection was photographed by Celine Harb.