At RuffleCon it has been our pleasure to meet so many Members and Designers from around the world. It is a rare treat, however, when someone from our own backyard makes it big.
In the United States, many Gothic Lolitas will be familiar with the name Blasphemina’s Closet! The lovechild lolita brand by Samantha Rei was well-known in the American alternative communities, having fashion shows at events like Dances of Vice and New York Comic Con, and in publications like Gothic Beauty and the English Gothic & Lolita Bible. Since closing the door on Blasphemina’s Closet, Samantha has started a new brand, continuing to evolve her alternative style through her eponymous Samantha Rei label.
Most recently, Samantha Rei was a competitor on the world famous fashion design contest starring judge Heidi Klum and host Tim Gunn! Thousands of viewers have been graced through their TV screens by her infectiously pure character and her gothic inspired designs. She's surely a fan favorite.
We are thrilled to have her join us this year. She will be hosting a panel, Q&A With Samantha Rei, as well as joining our Premium members on Friday evening for their Exclusive Premium Member Dinner along with several other talented figures. Find out more information on Samantha’s panel and the rest of our programming on Sched. Are you looking forward to attending her panel? Make sure you check "attending" on Sched and share to let your friends know!
Samantha Rei Biography
Samantha Rei draws her inspiration from such illustrators as Chris Riddell, Brom and Mihara Mitsukazu as well as stories like Alice in Wonderland. Alexander McQueen along with designers Vivienne Westwood, Hirooka Naoto, John Galliano, and Anna Sui have all influenced her style.
In 1998, Samantha attended the Perpich Center for Arts Education in Golden Valley, Minnesota, where she honed her skills as an illustrator and painter so she could pursue comic book art. After graduating in 1999, she spent some time at the College of Visual Arts (CoVA) in Saint Paul to major in Illustration before continuing her education at the Minneapolis Community and Technical College for Apparel Technologies. Huffington Post, Shojo Beat, the American Gothic and Lolita Bible, Gothic Beauty, Glamour UK and Vogue UK all featured her. Samantha was named one of 2014 City Pages “Artists of the Year” and 2016 Best of the Twin Cities “Best Fashion Show” and Reader’s Choice “Best Local Fashion Designer.” In 2015 she authored and illustrated a how-to book on subculture fashion design called Steampunk and Cosplay Fashion Design and Illustration. On season 16 of Lifetime’s Project Runway, Samatha competed as a contestant.
Samantha strives to help women feel confident, strong and comfortable in their own skin. She believes they can all be beautiful warriors.
You can find out more information about designer Samantha R. Crossland and the brand Samantha Rei on her website.
We would also like to extend special thanks to blogger Amani Hime for sponsoring Samantha Rei’s participation at RuffleCon 2017. You can find her kawaii and cool facebook page here. Amani Hime has been a prominent figure in the NYC and worldwide J-Fashion communities. You can find her featured in The Village Voice, Kawaii International, NYT. We are so grateful to have had her as a contributor to RuffleCon programming since its inception.