This collection is based upon the ability to convert a garment for different people. This was meant for people of different sizes, in weight and height, and to accommodate those who may want to fit into something they want to fit into but have never did. I wanted many things to be very loose and hold a lot of structure and form. Ultimately, I wanted all kinds of fashion to be accessible to not only one type of group, but for all kinds of people, especially those from marginalized groups.
My illustration and textile work connect to my research question in the way that I use color and patterns to demonstrate difference, similarities, overlay, stereotypes, and preconceived notions within different people. In my textile, there are overlapping squares and triangles, with different colors. Going with the idea of a Venn Diagram (overlapping circles), I was inspired to do four squares on the side and the circle joining the two in the middle. Some are able to Circles can go around in a 360 degree motion, whereas squares are limited to turning at a 90 degree angle and are more brisk. I wanted to relate these edges and angles towards the way people view the fashion industry and runway. By this, there are similarities and differences in many things and they can overlap, or can be overlooked by certain people or things because it is a part of the fashion industry. One of these many problems is setting an ideal, an expectation. This is done especially in fashion photography, creating “unrealistic expectations that most women are unable to meet.” This unrealistic expectation is met with the idea of shapes and form – which can be anything, and everything. The problems are still there but may overlap over other problems that people are concerned about. The problem of diversity in the fashion industry becomes something individual and personal.
Narrowing a theme into sub themes in studio were done very visually – mainly involving colors and form. The original idea started with branding in the fashion industry – then I went to colors, which was the background for my research board, Pantone’s 2016 colors, Rose Quartz and Serenity. These colors were chosen due to gender biases and stereotypes, which made pink items seem “feminine”, and blue items seem “masculine”. The idea of stereotypes play a lot in fashion, leading to biases and racism. People buy products and view products simply as an aesthetic or piece of clothing that can either be precious or easily disposable, without looking at who made it and why it was made. In fact many people become brainwashed into the brand, thinking of it in a superficial- making it “feel like a slap to all of the people of color who line up to buy your clothes that your message to them [is that] you don’t see them in your world.” People do not recognize what they are doing, just like how the textile of lines and shapes overlap and people assume things within an area that is covered. These stereotypes are influencing people further when it comes into our everyday lives – fashion, clothing, runway and retail.
Narrowing a theme into subthemes in seminar had to do more with specification – starting again with the idea of fashion branding. I then went into how branding is affected due to the models used, which then became a topic of representation. The typical model would be a skinny, tall, and white, which would represent many brands. I wanted to prove that diversity is important as it affects the mental and physical state of many consumers and viewers of fashion and retail.