cloth: square: white

He (Irene) Zhu
Fashion Design (School of Graduate Studies)

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cloth: square: white
Contributor Names
Zhu, He (Irene) (Creator, Designer)
Gaultier, Dada (Composer)
Zhang, Wanmei (Vocals)
Martin, Olivia (Model)
Lyu, Jing (Clothing assistant)
Fan, Jake (Clothing assistant)
Tian, Ryan (Film director)
2022 Fashion Design MFA graduate thesis collection created by He (Irene) Zhu. Presented on June 8, 2022 at 'Unbound: Fashion Design MFA Showcase.'
M.F.A. Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York 2022.
Department: Fashion Design.
Artist's Statement
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.
He Zhu pursues fashion as a fine art form that also incorporates modern ethos. Once trained as a scientist, Zhu is dedicated to creating a solid theoretical foundation for her design with a precise touch of details. Zhu inherited her grandma's aesthetic taste: the kind of elegance and subtlety that comes from the Chinese scholar-gentry in the early 19th century. With an aim to Introduce a balance of Apollo and Dionysian spirits into her designs, she explores the extension of the body with a sustainable approach – folding, zero waste patterns, collaging – reimagining fashion from linear to spatial, sensorial, and temporal dimensions.
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Zhu, H. (. (2022). cloth: square: white [Master's thesis, Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York]. FIT Institutional Repository.
Zhu, He (Irene). Cloth: Square: White. 2022. Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York, Master's thesis. FIT Digital Repository,
Zhu, He (Irene). "Cloth: Square: White." Master's thesis, Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York, 2022.