Before I even started my first ISU art piece, this idea was already created in my mind. For this ISU, I tried another risky experiment through fashion. I love hunting for fashion trends and bloggers to learn about the aestheticism of fashion. I enjoy exploring what kind of fashion appeals to the bloggers and the people. By looking through different people’s taste, I think asymmetrical dress or skirt is the biggest hit in the fashion industry so far. Obviously, through this first experiment I wanted to try out a trendy clothing design that will promote my environmental statement: purity, comfort and need. I chose to create a dress because I think fashion is an excellent medium that can combine practicability, wear-ability and art.
In this ISU #4, I want to create an asymmetrical dress that will represent the purity and the beauty of water movements. I really liked how the asymmetrical dress creates a flow movement and dynamism when you walk. When a model walks with an asymmetrical dress worn, the flow the dress imitates the flow of the waves. It shows the beauty of the ocean from the fresh-looking blue and turbulent sea. To present this beauty I expressed through the clothing I created.
I think I had the most struggles and experimentation in this ISU project. First, it took me few days to choose the right clothing for this project. Even though, I found all the materials that I wanted to get, it didn’t give me a result that I expected. The chiffon was too delicate to sew with the elastic band. The chiffon will easily tore up or fray. This is why my dress does not form any ruffles. Secondly, I spread shaving cream and dropped textile paints and whirl the stick. Then, I stamped my chiffon on to the spread to apply the paint on the fabric. It created a marbling effect on the fabric. I wanted to experiment marbling because I think the texture that the marbling creates shows exaggerates the curvy waves. Unlike water marbling, shaving cream helped me to place paint into a stable position from the consistency. Shaving cream helped me to work on marbling easier throughout the process. Lastly, sewing was another challenge for me. I have very little experience with sewing. I wish I learnt or trained myself with sewing so I could have struggled less while i was working on this art piece. However, I think it was a nice experience for me to go through all these struggles throughout my design process because I realized how hard it is to make a clothing and to design.
Overall, I am quite satisfied with the work I have produced. I think I had expressed my message to the fullest. I try to express the purity and beauty of the ocean through the colour and texture I have picked. After I made the dress I am happy that I made a dress instead of a casual and simple shirt because a dress is something that you usually wear for a day or evening time parties. I think using the beauty of the ocean through a dress is a beautiful way to represent aestheticism. Representing the nature makes it more aesthetically appealing about this dress. If I had broader selection or knowledge about fashion and textiles I would like to fix my dress that can be more wearable.