Fashion » Susan Cianciolo, the ’90s Artist-Designer Inspiring Eckhaus Latta

If there’s one fashion show in which it’s hard to stand out as a model, it’s Eckhaus Latta: Since launching their label in 2012, designers Zoe Latta and Mike Eckhaus have put their designs on a wide spectrum of body types, genders, and ages – not to mention a model wielding a hammer. Being 46, then, is hardly the reason Susan Cianciolo has commanded a presence on their runways, and in more ways than just as a model. The fashion designer behind the ’90s label Run, Cianciolo, who put on shows featuring the likes of Chloë Sevigny in between her art exhibits, pioneered the deconstructed, DIY elements so central to Eckhaus Latta’s clothes.

“We really feel like amazing people such as Susan have paved that way for us,” Latta said of falling into that nebulous space between fashion and art. Both 28, she and Eckhaus first got together at the Rhode Island School of Design, where she studied textiles and he studied sculpture. Since their first official runway show in 2014, they’ve not only landed critical acclaim from the likes of Cathy Horyn, but racked up some serious art world cred, working with artists like Bjarne Melgaard. Next month, they’ll be among the 26 emerging Angeleno artists highlighted in the Hammer Museum’s Made in L.A. biennial, and last year, they were included in  MoMA PS1’s Greater New

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