El Paso native designing sustainable fashion line featured in Vogue
The sand dunes in far east El Paso County are the backdrop of the photo shoot featuring the work of New York fashion designer who grew up in El Paso.
Romina Cenisio’s latest clothing line launched in April. But it was many years ago that the Montwood High School graduate started making her own dresses.
Her clothing line, Infinite Resort, features prints from National Geographic photographers.
Cenisio who had made her own prom dress in high school, began working on her clothing line in 2018 while consulting some of biggest brands and celebrities.
She tells CBS4 her client list includes Rihanna, Alexander Wang, Nike, Victoria's Secret and emerging Latin artist, A.CHAL.
Cenisio said Infinite Resort connects nature, culture and fashion.
“I think the fashion industry has the power to influence and spark change, so I wanted to use this medium to start talking about Earth conservation and find a way to make something beautiful that will inspire people to care about our planet,” Cenisio said.
Infinite Resort launched on Earth Day showcasing photos of butterflies, the jungle, the ocean and an erupting volcano on dresses she designed.
“Their [National Geographic photographers] work is so epic and iconic,” said Cenisio.
She returned home to photograph her work at Red Sands. Manny Soto, who is also from El Paso, shot the models in Cenisio’s dresses at the dunes. His work was featured in Vogue article about Cenisio.
“It was great shooting in my hometown and I was really excited to show everyone the project,” said Soto.
The two El Paso natives were honored that their hard work was featured in Vogue.
“Describing El Paso-Juarez to people in New York City is underwhelming. People really don't understand how special it is between the culture and the desert,” said Cenisio. “I didn't even fully appreciate it until I left and realized there's no place like it in the world.”
Infinite Resort is way for people to travel,” said Cenisio. “Each dress takes you to a different part of the world.”
She said she hopes her line gets people thinking of Mother Earth. “I want to make it cool to care about Earth and learn about our planet. Think Planet Earth meets Wild on E.”
Most of her line is made up of recycled material.
Infinite Resort is still available for purchase online.