Independent Reality

Kuai Li
Fashion Design (School of Graduate Studies)

About this Item

Independent Reality
Contributor Names
Li, Kuai (Creator, Designer)
2023 Fashion Design MFA graduate thesis collection created by Kuai Li. 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
Kuai Li is a Chinese-born fashion designer whose work centers on sculptural aesthetics underpinned by her industrial design background. Passionate about exploring bold hues, geometric shapes, and the body's interaction with space, Li treats fashion with an industrial design approach. Her work bends physics, often using tech, performance, and traditional furniture materials to explore architectural forms on the body. In addition to designing garments, for the last several years Li has been creative director of the accessories brand she founded, Baohedu.
About this Collection:
“Independent Reality” is a collection that uses clothing as sculpture to explore the inner and outer self. Large geometric structures are draped across the body to create an obvious definition of space between the wearer and the world. A mixture of opaque and translucent materials are wrapped around these shapes and molded into body contouring silhouettes that both canvas and define the body beneath the cloth to further emphasize the concept of hidden and revealed.
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