Last Edited: 05/22/13
For this project, I was asked to create an garment out of non-fabric recycled materials. I went to the Rhode Island Recycling Center and look for potential materials. I was caught by the amazing color and reflection of the red plastic stones that are used in my dress. I experimented with them and finally came up with the cherry like swatch as my design. As for the main structure, I want to find material that is almost invisible so that I can catch the viewers' attention all on these little red stones. I found piles of plastic cover slips in the recycling center. I cut them into diamond shape and trying to find a connection structure that is most strong yet simple and glue free because I need thousands of them to construct my piece. I experimented with many different ways of connection and was finally inspired by paper box construction and came up with my final design. The joints of every part of my gown is the main concern of my construction because of the intricate design. As for the silhouette, I was striving for a dramatic yet elegant design. Something greater and different but still visually appealing. My design have gone through major changes along the way. The final design is largely based on realistic materialization. In addition, I was looking for a more ritualistic way to display my garment. My gown can actually be experienced as multi-sensory. When my model was walking along the runway, my piece created sound that caught the viewers' attention immediately. Finally, I am very happy of my experiment with the light, reflection and transparency in my final piece which I believe successfully represented the beauty of my chosen materials.