Fashion, Form, and Place

This semester, Fall 2013, I took FSAD 1170 – Fashion Graphics. For the most part, it was a class about expanding your creativity. It was a “think outside the box” class with no real rules and no clear way to be right or wrong. I enjoyed this class because I came up with some of my most innovative work and will include these skills in future projects.

Our final project was to create a piece that embodied Fashion, Form, and Place. Through several trials and experiments I came up with the piece below. It is called, “Losing It, Beautifully“.

Formation of the piece:
When serendipity hit, I was determined to create something using a canvas and fabric. I wanted to use fabric in a three dimensional way that interacted with its surrounding on the canvas but also be simple and reflective. I also wanted the piece to have movement as if the subject was being blown away. I also wanted to make the canvas antique somehow but my professor challenged me to make the subject and the background/environment relevant to each other and the subject reflect the reason why the canvas was antique. As it turns out, the antique canvas technique only worked on a small canvas and failed miserably when taking it to a larger scale. This is why I decided to print a photo and put a semi-glossy lacquer on the top of it. Also, I didn’t want the background to take away from the spirit of the piece because I didn’t want the piece to feel antique or “vintage”. I was also going to use a liquid stiffener for the fabric to get it to drape in a sculptural way but instead I found a stiff fabric with an interesting texture that held its shape just as well as if I had used a liquid stiffener.

Fashioning an idea:
The result was an excellent representation of Fashion, Form and Place:
fashion: in that that the subject was a woman draped in luxe outerwear.
form: the placement of the fabric on the canvas was draped in a way that was unmistakably a high-end fashion garment but also a sculptural piece
place: whereas the subject interacts with the environment that tells a clear story.
In this case, it is obviously a woman on a cold, extremely windy autumn day; everything, including her clothing, the leaves, the umbrella, and even her glance backwards at the umbrella travel with the movement of the entire piece. Even the glaze on the photo is traveling horizontally with the piece.

Placing it in your hands:
Our class had to display our pieces in an end-of-semester show. I purposefully left my name off of the piece just to hear peoples’ honest reaction to it while I lurked around inconspicuously. I can’t believe how popular it was. People stood around it groups talking about for way longer than I expected and was enthusiastic about it in a way that I hadn’t anticipated. After people kept asking who did the piece, I sheepishly fessed up and was further grilled on the piece, how it was done, my techniques for the duration of the exhibition. Their response made how hard I worked on the piece worth it.

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Here are some of my experiments with technique:

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