Alexandre Kadlec

Sea Dragon | Cownose Manta Ray | Interview

I have always aspired to design for those who don’t conform to gender-norms and aren’t the ‘average’ person. My favorite designs are couture and avant-garde. My couture aesthetic was heavily displayed in the work and detail of my Red Dress design for the American Heart Association. I plan to soon enter the designICON 2 fashion show that takes place in mid-July and will also be entering a costume contest to display my new costume-making skills in early July.

Look 1

/// Sea Dragon

A floor-length gown with an empire waistline made from Peau de Soie in French blue. The gown has a slit to mid-thigh on the left side of the body and is accented with a plunging front and back neckline encrusted with Swarovski crystals.

Look 2

/// Cownose Manta Ray

A boyshort style bodysuit with color blocking in a soft cloud grey for the front and back, and a slate grey for the sides. Knee-high boots are made of the same colors, the soft cloud grey making up the base, and the slate grey cuffing the top. Silver mirror organza was used to create wings that emulate the wings of a Manta ray in motion.


Alexandre was raised in South Dakota most of their life where they started costuming at the age of 10. They won their first award for costume-making at the age of 15. Since then, they have worked their way up in the world of cosplay and have won over 10 awards for costume-making. Costume-making was what pushed them to go to school for Fashion Design, wanting to learn more about fashion, sewing, and the techniques involved. After graduation, they aspire to work on their small business and further their career as a professional costume-maker.

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