RE-INNOVATIVE: use non-fabric, recycled, used, or thrown away materials to construct a garment.
This two-piece look was inspired by the concept of the cocoon- protective coverings produced by animals.
The process of weaving two-tone, white-gray shoelaces was reminiscent of the silk spinning process larva undergo before their metamorphosis. I created an armor-like material by weaving shoelaces through suede belt buckles, emulating the protective functionality of cocoons. The open areas consisting of intricately trimmed and interlocked suede belt buckles represent the opening created by larva at the end of their transformation. These openings also provide aesthetic relief, contrasting the density of the woven material.
Through this process, I developed a deeper understanding of structure and explored material manipulation applicable to apparel design.