Couture Dresses Collection
Inspired by the beauty of nature during designers 6 years stay in Tokyo. In Japan, the fleeting beauty of nature is deeply embedded within the culture, each season have their own iconic flowers and plants. Designers research stems beyond the iconic ones, after extensive research, trials and errors, she handpicked several flowers and plants as the main inspiration such as wisteria, hydrangea, peony, cherry blossom and ginkgo tree. Each flowers with its own symbolism translated into dresses.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
This collection is a story, about the fleeting beauty of nature retold by
10 carefully crafted couture dresses, where various dressmaking and textile manipulation technique is integrated to mimic forms and phenomenons occurred in nature, a journey of deconstructing and reconstructing proportions and volumes, force of nature translated into vibrant colors, textures and patterns.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
This is a couture dresses collection which inspired by the beauty of nature during designers 6 years stay in Japan. The designer is not only simply inspired by just a blooming flower, more than the blossom itself, it is the lifespan of a flower that inspired her. The life cycle of a flower, from the moment the flower bud appears, the unique shape when a flower is only half-bloom and the dance of fallen golden ginkgo leaves in the eve of fall. These tiny and fleeting moments in time is what designer tried to capture and recreate in her designs.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in June 2015 and finished in January 2016 in Tokyo, Japan. This is a project which developed at Bunka Fashion Graduate University in Tokyo. Exhibition has been held at Bunka Endou Hall in Shinjuku on 1,2 and 3 February.
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Fashion, Apparel and Garment Design
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
couture tailoring technique, ginkgo leaves by laser cut, embroidery and embellishment technique, pointillism and stippling technique, color gradation by dyeing, color gradation by layering, digital transfer printing, asymmetric design which inspired by Japanese aesthetic. The aesthetic is described as one of beauty that is imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Measurement bust 83cm(32.7inch) waist 64cm(25inch) hip91cm(36inch) France size 36, GB 8, USA 4
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Bokeh effect has been defined as the lens renders out of focus points of light in photograph. Both bokeh and in-focus element have been used in some dresses. Color gradation by dyeing, digital transfer printing and layering. Combination of symmetric Westerner aesthetic and asymmetric Japanese aesthetic. Pointillism is technique which small distinct dots of color are applied in pattern to form and image, stippling is creation of a pattern simulating varying degrees of solidity by using small dots. In the pink dress the designer tried to recreate a scenery of flower fields by using artificial florets as dots.
Western clothing, and even Western sense of beauty in general emphasize on symmetry and man-made perfection. While Japans philosophy of aesthetic is about embracing nature and how to live in harmony with nature. The designer started by approaching the design with the western philosophy in her first two dresses. Perfect symmetry while still integrating natures element in it. Those symmetry then gradually dismantled and deconstructed into asymmetrical forms, designer incorporated a lot of thinking into emphasizing each element of the dresses, as they compensate and bring out each others strong points.
TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Photographer Hong Wei
Model Anastasiya Matsuk
Make up artist Sakai Mai