The Song of Samsara

Catherine Ziyue Tang
Fashion Design (School of Graduate Studies)

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The Song of Samsara
Contributor Names
Tang, Catherine Ziyue (Creator, Designer)
2023 Fashion Design MFA graduate thesis collection created by Catherine Ziyue Tang. Presented on September 12, 2023 at 'Uni/Versal: Design MFA Showcase.'
M.F.A. in Fashion Design, Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York 2023.
Department: Fashion Design
Artist's Statement
Catherine Tang is a New York–based women’s wear designer whose work deals with sustainable fashion and wabi-sabi style using bold patterns. Born in China and raised by a mother from the Dong minority, much of her inspiration is rooted in the Dong cultural heritage and traditional craft. Her work aims to fuse these traditions with modern ready-to-wear by exploring how sustainable practices and forward patternmaking can combine with folk craft.
About this Collection:
"The Song of Samsara" collection is a tribute to rebirth and the cyclicity of all life. Inspired by a personal experience witnessing a giant flower butterfly at her grandmother's funeral, the garments are a symbol of transformation and new beginnings. The legend of people turning into butterflies and appearing at their funerals is the inspiration behind the intricate patterns, cuts, and transparent fabrics—representing the endless possibilities of samsara.
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FIT Repository ID: fd_mfa_000021
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Uni/Versal: Fashion Design MFA 2023 Graduate Showcase


Tang, C. Z. (2023). The Song of Samsara. FIT Institutional Repository.
Tang, Catherine Ziyue. The Song of Samsara. 2023. FIT Digital Repository,
Tang, Catherine Ziyue. "The Song of Samsara." FIT Digital Repository, 2023.