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AWAVEAWAKE founder/creator Jaclyn Hodes studied sculpture, art history and writing at Sarah Lawrence College. The Sorbonne’s film studies program brought her to Paris during her final year of college, where she fell into the glittering world of French fashion, assisting stylists on editorials and a season’s worth of fashion shows. Upon returning to New York, she continued to apply her creative visions through styling, working closely with some of the most influential minds in fashion. Her work has been featured in a variety of progressive fashion magazines, including Dazed & Confused, Dossier, Hobo, i-D, Lula, and Nylon. In addition, she worked as fashion editor for TheBlowUp and Vice. 

She was invited to FIT’s Fashion & Textiles graduate program in 2002, where she had the opportunity to gain mastery working in the museum’s world-renowned garment collection and at the MET’s Costume Institute, researching the design and structure of Edwardian-era dress and other ethnographic garments. She was particularly drawn to the free silhouettes of the late 1960s and 70s, and the effects of a burgeoning psychedelic culture and its influence on clothing. 

naturally dyed, earth Conscious, SUSTAINABLE FASHION

On September 5th, 2012 the first AWAVEAWAKE collection was presented at New York Fashion Week for Spring/Summer 2013. As an artist,  activist  and healer she strives to bring change to the fashion world, and increase awareness of the industry’s impact on the environment. Each AWAVEAWAKE garment is made with ethically sourced fabric and colored with all-natural, plant-based dyes. Every step of the production process is conscious, chosen with consideration for both the long-range impact on the environment and maximum social benefit.

Shapes are inspired by the designer’s vast archive of vintage clothing and her love of swirling, full-length, body-conscious silhouettes from the 30's to the 90's, as well as her extensive travels through South East Asia and India. Slip dresses with subtle details are the backbone of the collection, paired with blouses; or layered under a shawl cape or bed jacket. AWAVEAWAKE strives to be a marriage of functionality and beauty: easy to wear but entirely elegant; modest, yet embracing the sensual feminine; luxurious, while conscious of its footprint and considerate of its place in the world. 

Now, after half a decade of creating and producing the line nomadically between Bali, New York City and Los Angeles, AWAVEAWAKE has found its home in Topanga Canyon, where the mountains meet the sea, a nest amid the LA metropolis.