Junior year fashion project at the Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University.
This project shaped itself from a study of Uzbek traditional clothing; the research revolved around paranja, a traditional Central Asian robe for women and girls that covers the head and body. It originates from a non-religious practice of women wearing men’s robes over their heads in order to hide from aggressive sunlight, and then evolved into a separate piece of everyday clothing with purely decorative sleeves and became an important element of Islamic culture in Central Asia.
I was fascinated by the evolution of the garment, the way it turned from a generic men’s robe into a women’s headpiece, and the non-obvious reason why the sleeves where kept even though they have lost their original function. I decided to implement the same idea of multifunctionality and a possibility of evolution in modern clothing by taking generic contemporary dress patterns and experimenting with proportion and ways of wearing.
- Fall 2015
- Fashion Collection