Art 2 Wear
Designing for Art 2 Wear was a wonderful opportunity to branch into the world of fashion design. The following description was submitted to a jury for the designer selection process.
Our chosen concept is exposure, by taking an inner structure and using it as an outer constraint. This idea stems from close examination of the human form, and pinpointing the key elements responsible for it’s beauty. We discovered that the very structure that supports humans throughout their lives, the skeletal system, also influences the uniqueness of the human form. Our aim is to embrace and celebrate the beauty of these structures by exaggerating scale, creating contrast and expressing character. Our goal is not to create replicas of the bones, but to simplify complex areas into dynamic and elegant forms.
The concept of exposure is expressed through our pieces by utilizing contrast, while maintaining a sense of harmony. Contrast is such an important principle that we employed multiple design elements to strengthen the impression of the pieces. The value of the bones contrasts against the dark earthy fabrics, while texture is also used in the fabric and bones to convey a feeling of organic grittiness. Harmony has been achieved by controlling the ratio of bones to garments. This preservation of balance represents how vital the bone structure is to human beings, while being one piece of the equation in the formation and function of the human body. We have chosen to exhibit the Rib Cage and Collarbone to display our capability in working with varying scale. Our complete line will address many areas of the human skeletal structure, including the Cranium, Hips, and Hands.
Extracurricular project with Nicole Kligerman (Fashion and Textile Management) Senior Year
Photo Credit: TeeWayne Photography