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"Coming from an architecture background, I design fashion that integrates form and function.


I view architecture and fashion as disciplines with much in common, including their basic function: to shelter and protect the human body. James Baldwin once wrote, "The purpose of art is to lay bare the questions that have been hidden by the answers." In creating this thesis collection, I considered a series of questions: How can femininity be reshaped from a woman's perspective in a male-dominated society? Is a covered body truly protected? Is a naked body a free body?


My response was Don't Call Me a Lady, a bold, sophisticated contemporary fashion collection. Paired with the collection are garments created from repurposed men's clothing purchased at thrift stores.

I invite you to immerse yourself in this collection, designed to facilitate women's self-expression.


Welcome to my collection, and please—don't call me a lady


Bel Zaiden."

Lucky Brand :Upcycled 

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"Bel Zaiden is a third year Student at Parsons and recently spent the summer with our design team giving new life to scraps and dead stock. Her design process is strongly influenced by her Master's Degree in Architecture which can be seen in the capsule pieces she designed." #LuckyBrand #LuckyUpcycled

Lucky Brand Instagram page, October 7th.

Rivet Magazine Article 

"Zaiden is a third year Parsons School of Design student who spent her summer working with the Lucky Brand Denim team creating the items from discarded garments and deadstock.."

Blomquist, "Lucky Brand Re-Ups on Upcycle" Collection," September 20th,2022 Rivet Magazine.

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