Most college seniors spend the last few months before graduation in a stressful spiral of late nights out, missed morning classes and the ever present fear of what comes next after graduation. Not so for Myles Thompson. The 21-year-old Kansas City Art Institute student has a job designing mobile and Web interfaces waiting for him in San Francisco, but that doesn’t mean he’s checked out of Kansas City.
Myles Lorenzo, a clothing line he’s working on with fellow student Luis Lorenzo Gonzalez, will debut on May 7 with a fashion show at the Red Lady Gallery, 1229 1/2 Union Ave. in the West Bottoms.
This isn’t Thompson’s first foray into the fashion world. In February 2015, he was featured in Complex magazine for a project he started because he was bored while sitting around with a torn ACL he sustained skateboarding.
He was inspired by some images presented in a Western art class. “So I was just like, ‘I wonder what it would look like if I combined paintings with shoes and tried to re-create that texture and put them back in their context. Would they still look the same or look out of place?’ ”
The result was a series of reimagined sneakers, including Nike Air Yeezy 2 shoes designed in the image of Jacques Louis David’s “Napoleon Crossing the Alps” and Adidas Wings 2.0 morphed with Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus.”
Thompson’s first fashion line was a collection of screen-printed skateboarding and street wearT-shirts. Myles Lorenzo is more ambitious. It’s a contemporary unisex collection that Thompson hopes will speak “to the marginalized people in society.”
“I knew Luis and I working together would allow the opportunity for things to be more conceptual and more about the form of the clothing rather than just, ‘Oh, I’m making a T-shirt and screen printing on it,’ ” Thompson says. “So I was just really trying to transfer my design sensibilities this semester and see how I can look at design in a new way.”