“As humans we always have kind of yearned for nature, we like exotic skins but to me what is the exotic skin of the future. I think we can move beyond furs, we can move beyond exotic reptile skins, and we can create our own skins now using technology,” Levine said.
Showstopping designs by Levine have been worn in the public eye by forward-thinking artists such as Nicki Minaj, Lil Nas X and Lady Gaga.
His “Tetra” collection uses digital filters the wearer can download to enhance the look of each dress.
Included in the wearable technology collection is a “reptile” inspired dress, a 24-carat gold plated “Dragonfly” dress and jackets with what Levine describes as “body extensions.”
“I’ve always been obsessed with adding body extensions and how we can make it sexy on the human form. I was concepting virtual fashion in 2014 and now we have the technology in our pockets to wear virtual fashion,” he said.
“To me virtual fashion is now a new virtual fabric layer on top of the body and so I’m excited to explore new ways that we can express ourselves and express our identities in a virtual environment,” Levine added.
Levine began sewing at the age of 10 and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Entrepreneurship at the Lubin School of Business at Pace University.
The designer credits New York City nightlife with his experimental designs and fascination with incorporating illumination into his pieces.
Levine founded his label “AL” in 2010 – creating a reputation that radically questions and reconfigures paradigms of the 21st-century wardrobe.
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