Carnival of Apocalypse

Xinyue Maggie Tao
Fashion Design (School of Graduate Studies)

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Carnival of Apocalypse
Contributor Names
Tao, Xinyue Maggie (Creator, Designer)
2023 Fashion Design MFA graduate thesis collection created by Xinyue Maggie Tao. 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
Tao’s intention is to delve into the depths of human nature, philosophy, and the realm of material existence through her artistic creations. Her collections transcend the limitations of time and culture. They unfold captivating narratives, fueled by an exaggerated and dramatic storytelling style that ignites her creative inspiration. These collections often exist in a world untethered by time, untouched by the constraints of reality. Her distinctive essence resonates within each meticulously crafted collection she presents.
About this Collection:
The “Carnival of Apocalypse'' collection examines an individual’s philosophical decay during global turmoil. I divided these into five chapters focusing on a wild woman who faces the end of the world with a “You only live once” and “Make the most of it” philosophy. Explored through couture techniques, the eveningwear looks focus on people’s reaction to this phenomenon through metaphoric textiles and colors. Some choose to start anew, others practice impulse control, and some lean toward hedonism. In the end, these calculations become irrelevant and innate nature takes over.
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Still Image
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FIT Repository ID: fd_mfa_000029
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Uni/Versal: Fashion Design MFA 2023 Graduate Showcase


Tao, X. M. (2023). Carnival of Apocalypse. FIT Institutional Repository.
Tao, Xinyue Maggie. Carnival of Apocalypse. 2023. FIT Digital Repository,
Tao, Xinyue Maggie. "Carnival of Apocalypse." FIT Digital Repository, 2023.