Hushi (Hushidar Mortezaie)
Hushidar Mortezaie, more commonly known as Hushi, is an Iranian-born fashion designer, visual artist, and graphic designer based in Los Angeles. He studied fine art at UC Berkeley, fashion design at Parsons School of Design, and fashion illustration at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Mortezaie worked as a buyer and stylist for Patricia Field in the mid 1990s. His work has been featured in media and publications, including BBC, NPR, Vogue, Huffington Post, W magazine, and worn by Linda Evangelista, Beyoncé, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Brad Pitt. Since his first art exhibition, curated by Art Salon Chinatown’s Shervin Shahbazi at Morono Kiang Gallery in 2009, Mortezaie has exhibited his work at art institutions and galleries, including Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Southern Exposure, Somarts, and the DeYoung Museum. Mortezaie created a new visual language through his hybrid of graphic design, fashion, and fine art to share his immigrant culture and to inspire a new generation of Iranian youth to stand against alienation with resilience.