Born in Bakersfield, California, and raised in Lompoc, California, Ethan Martin created a bold collection that merges evening and streetwear. Deeply fond of drag culture and video games, they designed a collection intersecting both worlds. Juxtaposing the similarities between the color-blocked bosses/enemies of video games with the power and stature found in drag, the collection’s silhouettes are evocative of drag shapewear, with a cinched waist and flare at the hips. Martin draws diverse inspiration from designers such as Christopher John Rogers, Christian Siriano, and Zero Waste Daniel and will pursue a bachelor’s degree at FIDM. In the future, Martin strives to build a circularly sustainable line while also pursuing large runway projects.