Using a variety of New York and Chinatown tourist t-shirts I will deconstruct and sew together a button up short sleeve shirt. The oversized arm holes and drop shoulder will create a draping effect similar to traditional Chinese attire, which the cotton material from the t-shirts will add to. I will use Chinese coins that I bought from Chinatown to create a chain detail similar to a Balenciaga detail I found at the Heavenly Bodies exhibition. The buttons will be hidden inside fabric displaying a message made up of traditional Chinese characters stating “I am not sure what this says”, which is a comment on the frequent graphical use of foreign languages, something that can be found in almost every fast fashion house.
These trousers take influence from traditional Chinese robes, which can be seen in the zip off layers of fabric that create a flowing effect when the wearer moves. The trouser leg will contain long stripes of silk in addition to a silk belt that wraps around and hangs from the trousers. For functionality I will add metal hoops to the draping fabric that can be attached in a variety of ways to the waist of the trousers, allowing the wearer to adjust the form and general appearance of the garment.