Gabby Canosa’s collection, titled Zingara, was inspired by the colors and intricate details of different types of plant cells. While doing initial research for her inspiration, she came across images of these cells and found beauty in their vibrant hues and speckled designs. She decided these characteristics would best be portrayed by hand dying fabrics into a unique tie-dye design and by using beads and appliqués to create a three dimensional texture. To hint at the organic and rugged edges of the cells, the hems and appliqués were kept frayed. All of the dying and beading in the collection was done individually by hand.
The fabrics and silhouettes in this collection were inspired by the modern day gypsy. Gabby admired the simplicity in their clothing, which gave a nice contrast to the bright colors and abundant textures of her collection. In addition, she chose fabrics that were either cotton, linen or silk and avoided using synthetic materials as much as possible. In the end, Gabby wanted the collection to portray a fun and youthful spirit. Keeping the silhouettes simple and adding bright colors and intricate details created a collection that is both wearable and unique.