Project Update 1

Initial stage of laying out of the fabric

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Sketching and planning out of the draft

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Cutting the fabric

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Process of the front of the dress sewed

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Testing the fit

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Figuring out the back part of the dress
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Dress shape completed (back view)

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Dress shape completed (front view)
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Dress in progress: Still needs to poof the skirt, make the underlying tulle.

Concept

‘Futuristic Fantasy’ was the underlying idea behind my narrative, thus the aesthetic I was for my look was futuristic, edgy yet at the same time elegant and delicate. This is to convey the fantastical beauty in the technology, the wonderment in the third space. To add on to the fantastical look, I might use embellishments. I designed two different pieces, with some experimental preliminary sketches included. Most of my colors consist of black/grey/white as I was going for the high-tech look(though color palette is not confirmed). Regarding texture, I want the contrast as well – soft chiffon/organza ruffles alongside the smooth and crisp.

References 

For inspiration, I looked at futuristic fashion. These were the pieces that striked out to me:
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Anouk Wipprecht’s Smoke Dress – I was intrigued by the high-tech yet elegant look.

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Chomat’s Boning Dress – The architectural and geometric element in the design inspired me.

Designs 

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Design 1

The main highlight for this piece would be the boning structure, which I plan to use boning as the material. Its rigidity and geometrical structure purposefully contrasts with the soft and flowy costume underneath.

I plan to use comfortable fabric for the top, preferably cotton or lycra. For the skirt, I plan to use grey, slightly shimmery organza. In terms of wearables, the boning structure has many possibilities. It could expand via sensors, or perhaps LED lights used to light it up.

However, its rigidity might be challenging due to movement from dance. A possible solution would be to make the piece malleable, or structure it in a way that the arms will not be impeded during the performance.

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Design 2

Once again the clean structure will be used to contrast with the delicate ruffle skirt. The ruffle skirt can be expand via sensors, and the look can be achieved by the boiling of fabric. The color of the dress could be an ombre from white to grey, and the material more stiff. Once again, boning can be used as the shoulder pads to add the edgy, futuristic look.

Other sketches

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