Integrative Studio 2: Material Identity

David Bowie Exhibition

Part 1: Garment Sketches with Annotation


Mood Fabric Store


Fabric #1

I thought that this white mesh, translucent fabric was interesting because it represents innocence and purity, but also the texture of the fabric is very soft, which I thought showed elegance and serenity. Hence, this white fabric can possibly be part of my final design wearable piece.

Fabric #2

The color mixed with yellow and brownish dye on the fabric reminded me of summer, which is the season that I was born in (August 6th). Thus, I thought that the color of the sunset can show the midsummer night impression to the audience.

Fabric #3

The black color with a flower design was another alternative that I thought could show my identity of being hidden and not stand out as much as the other colors of fabric.


Fabric #4

Subsequent to the David Bowie’s Exhibition, I found a garment that had caught my eyes. Personally, I can relate to the flower details stitched onto David Bowie’s garment. As a half Korean and Japanese, the name Yuri defines a “lily” in Japan, which is an important element of my identity. Growing from a non-English speaking country and trying to grow and learn more from different cultures and backgrounds, the flower blossoming on the garment gave a big inspiration for this upcoming Bridge project. I also wanted to signify the idea of flower and the significance of my name to let my personal own unique identity. Additionally, I am an introvert who doesn’t like to be the eye of the crowd. Therefore, I thought simple colors (black or white) of fabric can help support my introvert identity.


Self-Analysis for Wearable/Garment

  • “The women I interviewed all spoke of two different bodies, one appropriate to work, the other to home.” (Joanne Entwistle’s “The Dressed Body”)

This quote describes how people have two different sides of identity – that is, the inner self and the outer self. I believe that people act around certain people differently, not necessarily in a negative way. As a half Korean and Japanese, I believe that I show different personalities and style of clothing when I meet my Korean friends/ family and Japanese friends/family. When I am with my family, I dress more conservatively to respect the Korean and Japanese conservative culture. However, most of my friends are from the states, which allows me to dress less conservative with jean shorts and short sleeves.

  • “Dress is the way in which individuals learn to live in their bodies and feel at home in them. Wearing the right clothes and looking our best, we feel at ease with our body, and the opposite is true also: turning up for a situation inappropriately dressed, we feel ill at ease in our bodies, out of place and vulnerable.” (Joanne Entwistle’s “The Dressed Body”)

There are outsiders who dress differently or oddly than the “normal” people. We tend to stereotype ourselves in today’s society. This creates a social force that allows people to be “updated with the trend of clothing” and the way people set an invisible boundary for how people should dress to fit into the norm. We try to present ourselves with similar clothes to what our friends or classmates wear and this way we feel more comfortable to fit in. However, coming to Parsons School of Design, people dress in high-end fashion clothes to classes every day. Through this, it has changed my perspective on how I style my clothes and the clothes I buy. It is a part of my identity that I moved on and changed from the items of clothing that I used to wear in my hometown, Korea, to the items of clothing I wear in New York. Thus, I think that there is a change in my part of identity from the new culture and setting I live in. This brings my identity to who I am today.

  • “For many people, is the experience of suddenly finding oneself naked in a public place.” (Joanne Entwistle’s “The Dressed Body”)

From being naked in public is considered illegal in today’s society. Men are allowed to show from their hips and above. Yet, women should always cover their private body parts to avoid the feeling of vulnerability. Personally, I consider myself an introvert who likes to wear simple black and white clothes – that is, black and white doesn’t stand out as much as bright pink, purple, or orange. Hence, clothes help us cover our insecurities and make us feel safe to the public. To me, I realized that I own a lot of dark navy, black, or white clothes that help me to blend in and not be the eye of the crowd. I was always beige or gray; never a prime color that catches people’s eyes because I was told to blend in well in the background somewhere as not to be noticed. “Don’t cause any trouble. Just do as other kids do and don’t draw any attention to yourself.” This was almost my motto throughout my younger years. It was an odd advice to be given by my parents. Hence, this again brings my introverted identity. But people finding their own fervent passion for themselves and applying to colleges, I wanted to do the same thing. Finding my own passion towards the art field, I have grown from being the young introverted girl that I used to be to becoming someone who is still growing to be a designer.

All of the three quotes listed above involve a social space and to fit into the norm of keeping up with the trendy clothes and look our best to blend in with the people. Thinking deeply about my identity, I think I take my identity as a half Korean and Japanese for granted. I sometimes disfavor the other nationality over the other and vice versa. I think that being both Korean and Japanese, I am able to learn the different languages, cultures, and more importantly, unify the countries together and be grateful of who we are and where we are from.

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