Concept of design:
The idea of “Heavy garments, heavy duty” was inspired from the two projects I did before. One is a historical costume research project, the other is about sustainability in fashion.
In the historical costume research one, I was focusing on the story of princess Anastasia. There were rumors that sixteen years old Anastasia escaped from the execution, and lots of people hoped that was true. They thought she was so young and didn’t start her own life, and children shouldn’t be responsible for their parent’s faults. The man who ran the execution said he would never regret it. Because The kids born poor are also innocent. For whom should I mourn? Children are innocent, but their duty and responsibility, which they are forced to take, are so heavy.
In the sustainability project, I researched about how wasted plastics in the ocean are recycled and reused in fashion. It inspired me to create garments by using plastic things that I kept. I hand sewed the designed jacket totally by zigzag sewing. It was actually hard to sew by hand and it was really painful. Therefore the zigzag always reminds me that duty and responsibility is painful for me to contribute to sustainability in fashion.
These two projects were done in the pandemic period. Under this hard period of time, I faced so many things around me, make me feel so weak and tiny in front of duty and responsibility. I am like a kid who is forced to wear adult’s huge and heavy garments, and it is really painful.
I started by creating a self-portrait which represents tiny me in front of heavy duty, then used it to draw sketches. I not only got shapes of garments from the two previous projects, but also created court dresses and used them to re-drape, to get oversized and heavy shapes on the body. I also used zigzag sewing in many of the designs, to create painful feelings, and the feeling of trying to hide, like surgical sewing.
Concept of materials:
I first chose fine and expensive fabrics to create a feeling of elegance, but also keep colors in a childish and playful environment. The idea of using transparent TPU material and the airbag collar is inspired from the plastic jacket that I made, and it also creates the feeling that, pain cannot be hidden.
When I was working with the purchased materials, I realized that I should have some “handmake” evidence on my design, so I started to make colorful resin for buttons, also crochet yarn ruffles. They not only gave more childish feelings. Process of making resin, for me, is a relaxed process and makes me feel like a kid. I don’t worry about the final result, and just play. Crocheting ruffles remind me when I was little, my mother sitted for hours and made clothes for me.