#Justin Orlick’s Beyond Courage: A Holocaust Retrospective through the Lens of Fashion

Every year I submit multiple fashion entry’s into the #Scholastic Art and Writing awards competition.  This year, my goal was to create a piece of fashion that was more than just something pretty or unconventional for the judges to look at.  I wanted to use fashion as a vehicle to tell a story, send a message, and make a statement.  Below is the inspiration behind my Silver Award Winning entry.

Justin Orlick:  Beyond Courage

Justin Orlick Award Winning Design: Beyond Courage: A Holocaust Retrospective

For my Scholastic Gedenk Award for Tolerance submission I selected my dress “Beyond Courage: A Holocaust Retrospective.”  As background, in the “Beyond Courage” design I utilized fashion as my vehicle to make a statement and tell the story of the Holocaust from the perspective of the resistance movement.   The final design highlights the courage and strength of the Jews during the Holocaust and those that risked their lives to save others.  The theme of this dress was focused on the history of the Holocaust highlighting the lesser known resistance movement.  My goal was to pay homage to the people (Jewish and non-Jewish) who lost their lives while telling the stories of survivors who lived to document the event to be sure it never happens again.   As a historical back-drop I incorporated photos and illustrations of both the survivors and victims.  Each wood piece was hand collaged with stories, poems, photographs, illustrations and artwork from the Holocaust.  This dress was intended to represent the strength and heroism demonstrated between strangers during this tragic period in history.  The dress took over 300 man hours to complete.

The foundation of the dress was made from over 150 pieces of recycled wood that were individually hand collaged with graphics, paper and other multi-media elements.  The wood pieces represent the barracks in which the Jewish people had to sleep in the concentration camps.  The wood is hard and imperfect and uncomfortable like the conditions in the camps.   I also utilized smaller pieces of wood hand painted in black highlighting the names and faces of survivors and victims.  While only a small part of millions, these people were selected for their participation in the resistance movement both during and following the Holocaust.  The black and white faces on the black background are very graphic in normal light but in black light shine bright like living spirits.  The wood pieces are connected with wire representing the barbed wire around the concentration camps and shows the connection between all of the survivors and those who died or were murdered.

The top of the dress was made from a yellow linen fabric similar to the garments the prisoners were forced to wear in the camps.  The mustard yellow color of the top represents the yellow badge (or yellow patch) also referred to as a Jewish badge which was a cloth patch that Jews were ordered to sew onto their outer garments to mark them as Jews in public.   The hand crocheted yarn, which overlays the top, graphically and abstractly represents the Jewish star itself.  I used a “cobblestone” yarn for the belt and top as it represents the cobblestone streets in the ghettos. Finally the black skirt underneath the dress is made from a softer material.  It acts as backdrop for the wood pieces but also let’s light shine through as a representation of hope.

The underlying message:  Never again!


What’s the Fuss with Florals?

Floral prints were a bloom on the runway and are found in every retail store this Spring. Designers went far beyond your garden variety prints. They are modern, complex, oversized, colorful and mixed! Looks a lot like my mom’s garden. Frankly, until now, I was never a big fan of floral prints. I could live without Lily Pulitzer pastels..until now. From Marc Jacobs to Alexander McQueen florals became the new black. Below are some of my favorites.


Flower power


Folk fairytale

Floral purse

#Justin Orlick Debut’s 2015 Fantasy Collection for #Mojo-Fashions

Justin Orlick Collection 2015

Justin Orlick 2015 Fantasy Collection for Mojo-Fashions

I am so proud to share a sneak peak of the Mojo-Fashions Fantasy collection that was debuted during the 4th Annual Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts Fashion Show on March 22.

Justin Orlick Kelsey Dress

Justin Orlick Kelsey Dress for Mojo-Fashions Fantasy Collection


Justin Orlick Owl Dress

Justin Orlick Owl Dress for 2015 Mojo-Fashions Fantasy Collection

Justin Orlick button vest

Justin Orlick Button Vest for Mojo-Fashions 2015 Fantasy Collection

Justin Orlick Fairy Dress.Pink

Justin Orlick Fairy Dress for Mono-Fashions Fantasy Collection

Justin Orlick Fairy Dress.Teal

Justin Orlick Fairy Dress for Mojo-Fashions Fantasy Collection

Justin Orlick Monet in the Park

Justin Orlick Monet in the Park Dress for Mojo-Fashions Fantasy Collection


Mojo-Fashions Launches Shopify Site for Build-A-Business Competition

It is official!! I may be only 17, but I finally got up the courage and decided to just to GO FOR IT. My mom (I mean our CEO) and I recently entered the Shopify and Huffington Post Small Biz Build-a-Business competition. Our site brings together two of my favorite things in the entire universe: Art and Fashion. Check it out http://www.mojo-fashions.myshopify.com. Would love your feedback and of course would greatly appreciate your sharing the love by passing it on! Winner will receive cash to help grow their business and will work with a mentor for guidance! In the Fashion category it is Daymond John (@TheSharkDaymond)! I really want to win this. Thanks to all of our fans and supporters. We LOVE you and appreciate your continued encouragement. Remember, B Brilliant, B Amazing, B U!

Hand Painted Mojo-Skirt

Prepping in the studio  for the launch of Mojo!

Prepping in the studio for the launch of Mojo!

Spring 2014

Spring 2014

Urban Outfitters in Hot Water….Again

Depression? Really?

I normally try to stay away from controversy and politics, but as an owner of a children’s clothing company, I feel we have a responsibility to protect children and create clothing that promotes a positive self image. I am personally disgusted by #Urban Outfitters t-shirt promoting depression. While they have agreed to take the product off the shelves, the fact that they manufactured the product in the first place shows the company’s insensitivity and focus more on profits than on caring.

Urban Outfitters Pulls Depression T off the shelf

Urban Outfitters Pulls Depression T off the shelf

Check out this article on Fashionista!


black and color

black and color

Vintage dress

Vans shoes

Pendant necklace

Hair bow
$6.42 – newlook.com

Red glasses