Deborah Won
Fashion Design (School of Graduate Studies)

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Contributor Names
Won, Deborah (Creator, Designer)
2023 Fashion Design MFA graduate thesis collection created by Deborah Won. 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
Deborah Won is an award-winning designer who creates work that is influenced by sensory play. By utilizing innovation-driven techniques and materials, she makes concept-forward clothes that promote interaction in personal and shared space. Influenced by movement, technology, and feminine paradigms, her work is a cross section of classical forms with progressive design details that blur the line between past and future. Converse, Opening Ceremony, and Sandy Liang are among the brands she has worked for in her materials and women’s wear design career.
About this Collection:
“Arise” is a statement on how our collective lifestyles will change in the future. The premise behind the garments is that humans will visit environments outside of Earth’s atmosphere and therefore clothing must be designed to enhance movement in zero gravity. Aesthetic and constructional details are inspired by kites, the oldest manmade aerial device. Blossoming embellishments embody the floating nature of zero-G flight indicators. Variable-opacity fabrics and feminine-focused silhouettes combine to make ethereal fashion for the new frontier.
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FIT Repository ID: fd_mfa_000022
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Uni/Versal: Fashion Design MFA 2023 Graduate Showcase


Won, D. (2023). Arise. FIT Institutional Repository.
Won, Deborah. Arise. 2023. FIT Digital Repository,
Won, Deborah. "Arise." FIT Digital Repository, 2023.