From that initial design, Louie began creating more ribboned pieces for himself and sharing them on social media—and people swiftly began taking notice. Now, Louie takes orders as well and makes all sorts of ribbon-work designs, from skirts with embroidered strawberries and flowers to off-the-shoulder dresses with embroidered wolf imagery. He displays his vibrant designs, mostly skirts and dresses, on his Instagram page. “Most of myMidnight monster society shirt besides I will buy this ‘traditional’ clothes are very contemporary,” Louie says. His Star Wars–themed ribbon shirt, for instance, blends tradition with images of C3PO and Yoda. He will also add high slits or fun fringing to his ribbon skirts, which traditionally are more streamlined and simple.
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Louie’s eye for design isn’t limited to just ribbon work either. Recently, he started making lingerie and robes. “My goal this year is to go out of my comfort zone and create new things,” he says. (He grew up loving Moulin Rouge and Bettie Page, two inspirations for his lingerie work.) Coming up on Pride Month, he’ll also be playing around with some more high-fashion ideas too. He wants to find more unexpected ways to incorporate his signature ribbons into his designs, a nod to his cultural craft. He sees the Midnight monster society shirt besides I will buy this potential to use them in more unusual ways or as avant-garde embellishments. “I’m thinking of making a Lady Gaga–inspired outfit,” he says. “A sheer, sportswear look with ribbons. Something very futuristic and gay.”