THE GLASS RUNWAY
Denim, PVC, yarn, binding posts
“Why is it that an industry aimed at women, buoyed by female dollars is still run by men?” 85% of Parson’s graduating fashion students are female and yet when you look at leading womenswear brands only 14% are run by a female CEO. They are usually filled in entry-level jobs and when they work their way to the top the gender balance shifts.
This pink denim garment with a grey knit piece reflects the “pink collar” jobs that are usually considered “women’s work”. The exaggeration of the men’s collared shirt echoes the gender inequality in the fashion industry and the PVC acts as the invisible barrier that women have to face when trying to reach top-level positions.
Knit, corded drawstring, drawstring stopper, elastic
A garment inspired by my bicultural identity as a Chinese Australian.
Quilted fabric, neoprene, taffeta, fabric scraps
An adjustable, zero-waste jacket which addresses the issues of textile waste in the fashion industry including consumers. The average American buys 64 new pieces of clothing each year and also throws away 80 pounds of clothing. 85% of this clothing is not recycled and wasted and sent to the landfill. ZRO is a jacket that can be adjusted in multiple ways according to personal style or temperature by tying the white fabric strips together. As an alternative for down feathers or stuffing, the jacket is entirely filled with fabric scraps thus eliminating the amount of waste being sent to the of landfill.
DAVID X TSENG
Collaboration with Mathis Ekkebus
Organza, neoprene, Hanes underwear, yarn, cardboard
Inspired by two Club 57 artists, David Wojnarowicz and Tseng Kwong Chi who both tragically died of an AIDS infection. The garment pays homage to both artists work; combining the influence of the communist suit silhouette featured in Tseng's work with the red yarn prominent in Wojanarowicz's work. The use of repurposed men's underwear that constructs the bodysuit and the colour red echoes the themes of sexuality and the AIDS epidemic in the 1980's that were paramount factors in each artist's lives.
Organza and frogging
A textile installation exploring the constrictions the Chinese government places on Chinese people through internet censorship thus eliminating their freedom of speech. In China, the internet is heavily censored especially from Western media. Websites and apps like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google and many more are blocked in China allowing the government to control the Chinese people through their own websites and apps such as Wechat and Weibo in which they govern and are able to track people's use and private information. Accessing the blocked sites require a VPN. Searching blacklisted keywords in Chinese search engines such as 'human rights', 'democracy', 'freedom of speech' and 'Tiananmen Square Protests of 1989' yield little to no results.
Chinese Laundry is installed on the balcony of my auntie's apartment in China emphasising the power the Chinese government has over it's people even in the privacy of their own home. Although I am of Chinese descent however I was raised in Australia and I did not know much about the politics of China and would always associate the country as a place of where I'm from and a place full of shopping. After my own questioning of the reasoning of internet censorship in China as I would always have to download a VPN before I came, I discovered the harsh reality of the constricting environment China was and still is.
Neoprene, mesh, ribbing
Neoprene, pleather, quilted fabric, polypropylene, snap buckles, velcro, cardboard, boning, 3D printed nuts and bolts
A wearable textile art inspired by futuristic architecture, geometrics and pattern-makers Shingo Sato and Tomoko Nakamachi.
Scuba, pleather, pleated satin, mesh, ponte, yarn
A three-piece formal wear garment inspired by the organic shadows and silhouettes of smoke and trees.