Imperial Mass is a discursive glorification of factory culture. From a distanced view, this Han Fu maintains a proud and silky silhouette that carries both extremes of tapered and flare.
The finer detailing of the pleats and rounded collar are inspired by the muffin uniform of a factory worker.
Whereas the other impression of the dress is inspired by silhouettes of traditional Han Fu crossed with Western Victorian shapes – an ode to the globalisation that brought mass production to the Chinese shores.
The dress is automated with distance sensors to create kinetic drapes and an upward dynamic, it is significant of elevation and liberation. The nature of movement is meant to elevate rather animate the drapery.
This movement is triggered by the arms, as the wearer works away with her hands.
The silky fabric and royal blues in this dress was implemented to create the feeling of grandeur. Other elements such as the train and petticoat were used to dramatise the luxury of the dress, while maintaining the almost industrial feeling of patterns.