ATTENTION: I am usually not freely available due to work.
*I DO NOT lend out work so please DO NOT send me messages asking to send it out or borrow it. If you send me a message regarding renting or lending work I will most likely not respond. I must accompany work at all times on a photo shoot because garments have been damaged in the past! I also do not construct garments for free! If you are interested in a commission or working with me I need to hear from you AT LEAST A MONTH in advance. I do all work myself and cannot mass produce quickly. My rate runs $20 an hour for labor plus cost of materials.*
My name is Rachel Sara Goldberg, the designer behind Thanatos Couture. I recently completed the fashion department at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and I am now working as a freelance costume and fashion designer, making couture pieces for commission. I do not send out work for photo shoots and I request being with my pieces at all times unless they are purchased.
Whether it is a political concept, a historical reference and study, or just for the sake of learning and improving the quality and effect of a pre-existing garment, there is always something to say and do in the medium of fashion. I feel like everything has a story and a personal connection in one way or another to people. Thus I like my work to carry out a form of story telling new or old. I try to embroider images in peopleâs minds of what my work is saying, where it will be, and who is wearing it through my silhouettes, color palette, and surface embellishment. In my designs I try to always keep a touch of elegance and sophistication along with flattering shapes and structure in a garment.
I believe that one person will never stop learning and that you should never choose the âeasy way out,â but instead make it more complicated and to challenge yourself because ultimately that is what you will learn from the most: your own struggle to solve a problem. Being harder on yourself shows how dedicated you are in your field. Taking steps out of your comfort zone is essential sometimes, because the rounded view you can obtain will make you more versatile in work to come. Stepping out of the box helps in the long run as well; when the time comes to come back to what you know you can look at it in a new and innovative perspective making it even fresher than before.
Historical costuming, Japanese street fashion, alternative, punk, goth, lolita, Visual Kei, vintage clothing, Victorian mourning, corsetry, lingerie, opera, scientific illustration, micro-photography, biology, cultural reference and research.
What do I look for in a model?
I look for models who have an interest in my designs and influences and who are dedicated to their field. I often gravitate towards people who stand out to me with their individual styles and are open-minded to what they may wear in the hands of the designer.
SAIC's 2010 Fashion Show - May 7th 2010
SAICâs 2009 Fashion Show â April 23rd to April 24th 2009
Sears Tower Art Exhibition â September 27th to November 14th 2008
SAICâs 2008 Fashion Show â May 1st to May 2nd 2008
Double Walkers: Transfigurations thru Fashion â December 7th to December 16th 2007
SAIC 2009 Fashion Show
Flutter, There Is Dark And There Is Light
Flutter, In A Fog