Nathalia JMag is a Colombian-American contemporary fashion designer who believes in sustainable and ethical approaches to fashion. Her perspective is a blend of cultures: she fuses her Colombian culture with her American culture to create one-of-a-kind designs. Her garments are fresh and new, but also functional and comfortable. She is passionate about conserving the environment and protecting animals and people because she believes that fashion doesn’t have to hurt.
She studied fashion design at Framingham State University, graduating in 2016, and has been a professional fashion designer since then. She has participated in many fashion shows, including Helsinki Fashion week, which was named as the first sustainable fashion week by Vogue. She also curates fashion shows that feature other emerging designers. JMag was part of Project Runway Season 15. She is currently pursuing a Master's degree at Rhode Island School of Design in Nature, Culture, and Sustainability.
This experience has pushed me to create more, and with purpose. It has enabled me to showcase my work against one of the most beautiful backdrops Boston has to offer.
— Nathalia JMag
During her time as a Luminary, Nathalia JMag led hands-on workshops for Map This, with youth at Sisters Unchained, Urbano Project, and Hyde Square Task Force, engaging with historical imagery from the Big Plans exhibition, and community-generated maps as layers of aesthetic material. Map-inspired textiles created during the workshops will be further refined by JMag, and will culminate in an outdoor, public processional at the Neighborhood Night Block Party on August 22.
Nathalia has also led hands-on workshops on natural dyeing techniques with turmeric and indigo, and created several new fashion collections in response to special exhibitions at the Gardner Museum, including Fra Angelico: Heaven on Earth. Her fashion showcases have transformed the galleries during Free Days, Third Thursdays, and School Vacation Weeks. In October 2018, Nathalia curated a fashion showcase of local designers in Calderwood Hall and in the Historic Palace during our free Opening Our Doors Day: Pulling Threads program.