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Ramona Sonin was born and raised southern and then landed 20 years in Venice Beach, CA. She has made her way back south and is an associate professor and the Program Coordinator of the Fashion Design and Merchandising department at the University of Memphis. She has worked in costume in the film industry including assisting costume stylist/designer Arianne Phillips on the Oscar winning film 'Girl, Interrupted', worked freelance in textile and fashion design, written fashion design curriculum and an invited board member with fashion technology companies as well as museums. Her work has been exhibited in the Los Angeles area, regionally in the south and is preparing to exhibit her wearable art/couture internationally in April 2023 in Paris at the World Fashion Exhibition. Her work has also been exhibited internationally in Devonport Regional Gallery, in Tasmania, Australia where her work was 1 of 34 artists chosen from 12 countries for the Paper on Skin Gala and Exhibition. Her wearable art/couture has exhibited at the Dixon Gallery in conjunction with fashion exhibit Sporting Fashion: Outdoor Girls 1800 to 1960, all drawn from the exceptional collections of the FIDM Museum at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Los Angeles. She has had the pleasure of working as the liaison for invited student/emerging designers for both LA and OC Fashion Weeks and a committee member and the liaison of emerging Memphis designers for Memphis Fashion Week. Although she spends most of her time in the south now she still makes her way back to Venice any chance she gets where her designs and drawings are constantly influenced by the eclectic nature of this eccentric beach city in Los Angeles... which notably mirrors her eccentric southern background and upbringing.

It all finds it's way right into her work:

"My couture pieces come from an artful, floatful place of upcycled steam pinks and greyed lavenders creating an edgy softness, a floral armor. Handstitched. Tough tulle. The armored feminine.

Oh yeah...i adore needles and thread, miles of velvet, anything to draw with, all that sparkles, banana flavored moon pies and my pit bulls"!


venice beach, ca
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