Their Crystal Palace

Their Crystal Palace

Shine He Sang
  • 2022
  • Fashion Design (School of Graduate Studies)
  • Video
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  • Runway collections
  • Fashion shows
  • Fashion photographs
  • Thesis
In some areas, especially Asia, gender rates at birth could hit 300 boys for every 100 girls illustrating the most severe situation of baby girl gendercide. The collection reveals systematic gender inequality in multiple aspects ranging from basic birth and living rights to societal engagement and to self-realization rights. To present these issues, the looks focus on computer-aided silhouette design and patternmaking as well as colorful fabric prints that are developed from hand painting. Hand pleats and beads are used to add textural sensation to the collection, while 3D color printed hardware brings in more depth of detail. The collection is realized with special thanks to sponsors Mimaki and Swarovski.
The Allegory of Femme

The Allegory of Femme

Sean Patrick
  • 2022
  • Fashion Design (School of Graduate Studies)
  • Video
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  • Runway collections
  • Fashion shows
  • Fashion photographs
  • Thesis
Marie-Louise O'Murphy was a young, Irish mistress who lived in the palace of Versailles. Far from her humble Irish beginnings, she lived in the center of femininity and luxury during the Rococo era. The Allegory of Femme depicts O'Murphy's story as a metaphor for Sean Patrick's own journey as a young man who grew up in an Irish household with feminine, dramatic taste. Once believing that the conservative traditions of Ireland had no place in the glamorous aesthetics he was interested in, The Allegory of Femme sees these contrasting influences intertwine to create a beautiful and sensual display of Gaelic art.
THE OBSERVER

THE OBSERVER

Sarah Maazouz
  • 2022
  • Fashion Design (School of Graduate Studies)
  • Video
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  • Runway collections
  • Fashion shows
  • Fashion photographs
  • Thesis
"THE OBSERVER" serves as a reflection of the value of physical presence within modern culture. Garments are constructed as extensions of the body where physical form is used to disrupt patterns of routine interaction and provoke an "awakening" of the wearer. The collection materializes light and color phenomenon through lace, pleating techniques, and diffraction gratings; ultimately expanding the presence of the physical body's boundary into the environment in which it exists. At what point do we stop blindly existing? Or is this a reality we accept?
Sweet Tooth

Sweet Tooth

Mengyao (Marie) Lin
  • 2022
  • Fashion Design (School of Graduate Studies)
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  • Runway collections
  • Fashion shows
  • Fashion photographs
  • Thesis
This collection is inspired by desserts and sweets. I wanted to find a theme that I enjoyed and that would make people feel joyful. The things around us often impact our emotions. In a depressing and stressful time, dessert is the food that brings happiness and delight to people. My color palette is inspired by the color combinations of candy wrappers and desserts. I use pastel and bright colors and uncommon materials like PVC to make beautiful and unique handcrafted designs. I hope the bright colors and surprising textures make people feel positive and upbeat in disappointing times.
Her Story

Her Story

Matthew Okerayi
  • 2022
  • Fashion Design (School of Graduate Studies)
  • Video
  • Runway collections
  • Fashion shows
  • Thesis
Matthew Okerayi's collection leverages fashion to express his personal interests for uniforms, art, culture, and politics in this collection. In embodying the delicate balance between political critique and history, his work takes risks. The back being one of the focal elements of each look because it is the body's greatest canvas. He also reflects on the strong women figures in his lifetime, striving to tell their story of their internalized efforts. Uniform, I believe, binds us; this is my counter-argument which is a privilege to be able to present.
Homeland is Just a Memory

Homeland is Just a Memory

Johanna Luisa Orlowski
  • 2022
  • Fashion Design (School of Graduate Studies)
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  • Runway collections
  • Fashion shows
  • Fashion photographs
  • Thesis
Johanna's designs are rooted in a sustainable approach, which is the most prominent and recurring element of her work. With sustainability as the leading compass of her creations, she also plays with the notion of being an immigrant. She finds inspiration in the past to create very personal and unique pieces by using discarded fabrics and garments that she transforms into new unisex pieces of clothing. Layering is a technique she often incorporates and interprets in a variety of ways. In this collection the pieces are interchangeable. There are no set outfits or rules on how to wear them.
cloth: square: white

cloth: square: white

He (Irene) Zhu
  • 2022
  • Fashion Design (School of Graduate Studies)
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  • Runway collections
  • Fashion shows
  • Fashion photographs
  • Thesis
Chinese designer He Zhu's philosophy is that "Fashion is a form of fine art." Her collection "cloth: square: white" is a way to experiment with clothing as an extension of the spiritual body. The collection projects the ancient East Asian view of the body into contemporary fashion through light & shadow and geometry. The designs feature white squares in different variations and combinations that change the silhouette on the body, with an aim to create a sustainable lifestyle - a unity between man and universe.
The (h)yoomen bädē

The (h)yoomen bädē

Diala Dabbous and Rena Baydoun
  • 2022
  • Fashion Design (School of Graduate Studies)
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  • Runway collections
  • Fashion shows
  • Fashion photographs
  • Thesis
  • Menswear
The body, the physical structure that forms a human being, the structure that the fashion designer in me admires. The body is my inspiration, from the inside to the outside. It should be considered along with its movement, its imperfections and its existence. As a focus of my practice, I contemplate the body. I went on a journey of investigating the human form, looking at different ways of perception and coming up with my own. I studied classic anatomy, the dissection of a body and its kinetics. I admire the fit of clothes on a certain figure. I've always questioned how clothes can comfortably sit on the body, move with it and garnish it, giving it its utmost capabilities and enhancing them without necessarily restricting the physique.
Reflection

Reflection

Bethany Plymale
  • 2022
  • Fashion Design (School of Graduate Studies)
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  • Runway collections
  • Fashion shows
  • Fashion photographs
  • Thesis
"Reflection" is the study of mother-daughter generations, the dynamic relationship between mother and daughter and how it affects fashion. From a young age my mother projected her tainted idea of beauty and insecurities onto my sister and me, in an effort to protect us from the patriarchy lies of what women should be. Inevitably my sister and I felt subjected to the male gaze, sexualized, and developed unrealistic expectations of daily dressing. Through my thesis, I dissect my mother, our relationship, and the insecurities of dress and body that were formed – breaking the cycle of generational shame with me.
Terra Incognita

Terra Incognita

Ana Jablinski
  • 2022
  • Fashion Design (School of Graduate Studies)
  • Video
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  • Runway collections
  • Fashion shows
  • Fashion photographs
  • Thesis
Inspired by Margaret Mee's and Carl Friedrich von Martius' respective journeys to the Amazon Rainforest in Brazil, Ana Jablinski imagined discovering an old, abandoned greenhouse hidden in the middle of the rainforest today. This fantasy awoke Ana's nostalgia for her home country's diverse flora and unique architecture. Terra Incognita is a collection that highlights Brazilian craftsmanship and sustainability in fashion through classic and contemporary silhouettes.