Topic Choices

  1. In 1930, Constance Wilson, a Canadian Figure Skater, trained for the World Championship with her costumes on. She wore an embroidered shearling jacket, velvet skirt, and pantyhose. The designer and photographer could not be defined.
  2. Reason to choose this image: I like watching figure skating, and I am interested in female skaters’ dresses. The dress selected reflects women’s fashion in North America at that time, and it shows how fashion/luxurious elements were combined with sportswear (figure skating was considered as a noble sport before).
  3. Personally, I prefer to design garments which is not too garish (does not contain lots of colors and fancy decorations). I usually choose shimmering fabrics if I want to create a sense of luxurious. However, when I look up for reference, I have never searched mediated image before. Since the costume design refers to my concept, I may find inspiration from Western fashion in early 1930s.

  1. Zhou Xuan, an iconic Chinese singer and film actress in 1930s, wore a cheongsam in 1930s in Shanghai.
  2. Female cheongsam, known as Qipao, is a type of garment which was popular during 1920-40s in Shanghai. It combines elements from traditional long robes in Qing Dynasty (the last imperial dynasty which ended in 1911) and western dress. Qipao perfectly joins eastern and western fashion. It can show Chinese females’ elegance and grace, and also can capture females’ identities which was different from old time.
  3. In all artworks I have done in Parsons, I have never created a piece which intentionally combined eastern and western elements as Qipao did. If I am asked to design a work based on merging culture, Qipao will be a supportive resource to take reference from.


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