Backpack shorts? This designer turns sudden objects into street-style clothes
For Nydia Twitty, backpacks are not only there to transport books and belongings – they are empty canvases that are waiting to be deconstructed and redesigned into full-fledged fashion statements. As a 25-year-old designer and model, Nydia has received well-deserved hype on social media for transforming unexpected items like socks, backpacks, lanyards and even basketballs into stylish garments. Their tagline is “I could never afford a designer so I became one” and if that doesn’t inspire you to pursue your dreams we’re not entirely sure what will happen.
The fun outfits in childhood shows like This is So Raven and Lizzie McGuire sparked Nydia’s interest in fashion design at a young age, but it wasn’t until four years ago that she taught herself to sew through trial and error. Since then she has created countless unique items – shorts from Everest backpacks, dresses made from Nike socks, two-piece sets made from Adidas tracksuits – and won more than 600,000 dedicated TikTok fans in the process. “The positive feedback gives me strength and recognition for my motivation,” she said of her growing social media fan base.
Nydia enjoys using random household items and materials instead of regular panels of fabric as a starting point for her designs to add that “shock factor” to her audience, she told POPSUGAR. Once TikTokers gets over the initial surprise of “Oh wow, this girl somehow turned an ugly collared shirt into a super cute dress,” her next thought is usually, “Wait, but I need this in my closet.” Nydia’s videos are constantly inundated with comments asking her to sell her designs – and pretty soon she’s giving people what they want. On Black Friday, Nydia is launching her own website where fans can buy her famous backpack shorts, sock dresses and more. And yes, she is currently consulting with lawyers to learn how best to protect her work from the clutches of the fast fashion industry.
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O-Ton – Salice Rose “People reach me and let me know how much I have encouraged them to buy their first sewing machine or to dust off their old sewing machine.
Along with supportive inquiries to buy her pieces and suggestions to beware of big online retailers stealing her ideas, Nydia said she receives some pretty touching messages on social media from time to time. “People reach out to me and let me know how much I’ve encouraged them to buy their first sewing machine or dust off their old sewing machine,” she said, describing it as a “rewarding and humiliating experience”. She uses that encouragement as fuel to work toward her goals, which one day includes designing for celebrities like Machine Gun Kelly and Teyana Taylor.
If you’re looking for a new small fashion company to support, look no further – follow Nydia on Instagram (@theofficialslimreaper) and TikTok (@slimreaperofficial) and stay tuned for more information on their website as soon as they can is available live. In the meantime, you can see her unmatched talent in action by browsing some of her formidable wearable masterpieces.