Lexy Ho-Tai (b. 1993) is an explorer, dreamer, and maker of things. She grew up in a small town in Canada, and spent her teen years creating fantastical worlds in the hopes of moving to New York City. In 2012, she moved to New York to attend Parsons School of Design’s prestigious and rigorous Fashion Design BFA.
During her time in New York, she’s worked for several costume designers, whilst also taking an interest in art programming and art teaching. In 2014, she conceptualized and co-created Accessible Art, an adaptive art program that enables disabled youth to paint with specialized tools. The project was awarded the New Challenge grant in 2015 for social engagement. Ho-Tai works in a plethora of mediums, and is interested in the intersection between art and social change. She enjoys exploring social themes through humorous, playful, and interactive pieces. Often, her work has childlike undertones, as she is highly inspired by play and the minds of children. Through KOOKERVILLE, she has taken an interest in public and participatory artwork, as a form of community engagement and collaboration.
Costume designer Lexy Ho-Tai will continue to develop her multi-disciplinary and interactive thesis collection KOOKERVILLE for which she was recently named finalist for “Designer of the Year” upon graduating from Parsons School of Design. Exploring ‘clothing as experience,’ she plans to create three new “Kookers” and to focus on the performative aspects of the Kookers based on feedback from fellow artist residents.