FASHION & COSTUME

On this page you will find the full collection of costumes that I made during my 2 years of fashion studies in university. I did not complete my degree due to being disenchanted by the fashion industry, despite having wanted to become a fashion designer since I was a child; more about this story will be written as a blog post on a later date.

Although I technically majored in Fashion Textiles (which focused on surface design techniques and manipulations, such as printing, embroidery, etc) instead of Fashion Design (which focused on pattern drafting and garment construction), I have always taken a wholesome, integrated approach to the design process, where both the construction and surface design work in tandem. Therefore, even though Textile students are typically expected to produce garments with simple constructions such that the focus is on the surface design, I kind of went against this by experimenting with complicated and unusual construction designs in my work, as you can see below.

All the garments on this page are designed, constructed, sewn by me. All prints, embroideries, and other surface designs are also made entirely by me.

ice queen

This was the last piece I created before i left university, and it was an attempt to express a blend of masculinity and femininity, a warrior-goddess archetype of sorts. I've always had a particular affinity with the element Ice, so I decided to incorporate it into the design. I didn't manage to finish it completely due to time constraints, so in a way this is still a "work in progress".

The above set of pictures featured several studio-photographed images of the garment in its semi-complete form, a few close-up images of the prints and the embroidery (all of which I did myself; the fabric did not come printed), and a series of technical drawings to experiment with the placement of colours.

Studio photography credits:

Photographer:

Shavonne Wong

HMUA:

Molly Sasha Leong

Model:

Magda (Phantom Models)

Below are some images of the toile (trial garment, made with calico fabric).

Below are some images of me wearing this particular garment. The image on the left was taken in Burning Man 2019, while the image on the right was taken during a music video shoot near Berlin, for Cats and Brekkies' song "Heliotrop". In this video shoot, which is based on the four elements, I was chosen to represent the element "Air".

asymmetricity

For this particular project, the assignment was to use stretch fabric, which can be more difficult to work with compared to non-stretch fabric. I decided to play with the idea of Asymmetricity, by making everything about this garment asymmetrical. On top of that, I also brought in the elements Fire and Water, which we typically recognise as opposites, to add in another layer of 'contradiction' to the design.

Studio photography credits:

Photographer:

Shavonne Wong

HMUA:

Molly Sasha Leong

Model:

Magda (Phantom Models)

Below are some in-process images of this garment, in which you can see more clearly the details of the surface design. The blue parts at the bottom of the dress were dyed using a technique called "transfer dye", whereas the scales on the sleeves, the orange butterflies, and the 8-shaped dragon were screen-printed by hand.

Finally, here's a picture of me wearing this particular design! :) This was in Copenhagen, where I participated in and helped to organise a micro-burn on a boat (Burning Boat 2019, at Illutron).

anthropocentrism

Like the previous garment, this one is also highly asymmetric. Through this piece, I wanted to express the imbalance I perceived in the world, where we as humans ("anthropo") have this skewed perception of ourselves as being the center of the universe ("centrism"), thus leading to false ideologies that seemingly justified the gross abuse of nature for the sake of greed and profit.

 

The right side of this garment represents the artificial (straight lines, boxy shapes), whereas the left side (parts of which were intentionally burned) represents the organic, the natural. The length of the "artificial" side shows how over-emphasized this side is, compared to the other, to our detriment. 

Studio photography credits:

Photographer:

Shavonne Wong

HMUA:

Molly Sasha Leong

Model:

Magda (Phantom Models)

futuristic grunge

My first experimentation with high collars, which was featured in 2 other garments as well (Anthropocentrism and Ice Queen). I wanted to explore a look that was somewhat androgynous as well as futuristic.

Studio photography credits:

Photographer:

Shavonne Wong

HMUA:

Molly Sasha Leong

Model:

Magda (Phantom Models)

freedom of youth

This colorful asymmetric skirt was my very first garment project in university, and it is intended to convey a sense of freedom, playfulness, and youthfulness. I scrapped the typical methodologies of screenprinting which required the precise placement of prints on fabric and the use of a single colour per layer of print; instead, I freely improvised the placement of the prints and blended multiple colours in every print layer, a technique that I later discovered was called "marbling".

Studio photography credits:

Photographer:

Ben Teo

HMUA:

Danial Saring

Stylists:

Josiah Chua

Ginny Charles

Valencia Selestina

Model:

Maria Palagushkina

Below are some behind-the-scenes shots from the photoshoot, as well as trial prints using the motifs and colour techniques I wanted to utilise.

Since 2019, I have often worn this skirt for special events and performances. Below are two example photos of myself wearing this skirt. The image on the left is me in Copenhagen, getting ready for a regional micro-Burn (Burning Boat 2019). The image on the right is me with musician Daniel Berkman in San Francisco, after we did a performance together in the Monthly Salon by Boris Goldmund (February 2020).

dfs galleria: paper fashion

In 2013, I took part in a fashion design competition organised by DFS Galleria, and emerged as the 2nd place winner. The above shows the final garment and a sketch of the original design.

Below you can find my design as well as the other 4 finalists' works.

Finally, below is the certificate I received, affirming my participation in the competition and my 2nd place position.

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