Dawson O’Keefe

Final Year Senior Design & Construction

Dawson is a designer originally from Las Vegas, Nevada who came to SAIC to study drawing and painting. He quickly recognized his interest in textiles through the fiber and material studies department which eventually led him to fashion. With fashion it became all about sculptural garments with a focus on the technical aspects of his practice such as patternmaking and construction. This sculptural fashion practice comes from an interest in clothes being a form of architecture around the body giving many of his garments a strong static feeling, while comparing those to more playful structures that emphasize movement. As a proud member of the LGBT+ community, he also focuses on themes which portray a queer culture.