Title of artwork: ‘Unzip the new me’

Artist statement: The concept behind this design revolves around the idea of coming of age. The certain age at which this transition takes place changes in society, as does the nature of the change. Upon unlocking the zip, the flowers bloom and this marks a new chapter in her life. A new beginning. A golden age of something good, right and real. This is to portray the narrative whereby the girl has finally graduated from high school and gained her freedom. The inspiration behind this design was spontaneous and I wanted to deal with daily normal uniforms/dresses to create something abnormal and unique. A design that breaks the norm. Hence, the base design is sleeveless high school uniform with pleats. I had incorporated certain elements such as detachable hand sleeves and eyelets with laces to tie up with the whole narrative.