China | 2020
'Traces' collection shows intricately crafted, multi-layered garments and explorations into digital printing, digital embroidery and elastic material weaving, and creates thought-provoking silhouettes through a conscious layering textiles to represent the constraint of the Chinese examinations. Themes such as the exam papers, Chinese youth uniforms, Victorian costume details, Mai_68 student movement and artworks from Susan Hefuna and Maurizio Cattelan have been developed in 'Traces' collection. The collection’s concept goes against the over-simplified garments in mass production, and brings back the craftsmanship with the contemporary aesthetic. The ideology is that when you erase the traces, you destroy beauty. Luck and Misfortune comes in turn. The things you experienced, no matter good or bad, they are part of your body. The starting point of 'Traces' collection came from experimenting with Waving Textile and Bias Fabric Manipulation. Initially focused on making a garment installation, the designer waved the colorful elastic bands on the netting fabric, and transformed the 3D waving fabric into 2D digital printing. Moving on, the designer used digital printing images to develop new shapes and different fabric manipulation like the layering organza, the pearling edge georgette. At first sight, the collection unfolds a fusion of craftsmanship, casual silhouettes and condense, flowing feelings. The layering fabric manipulation and netting fabric indicate the pressure of Chinese high school exam and constraint of breathe. The fabric manipulation ideas develop more innovative structures and shapes to ‘Trace’ collection through draping.
IXORA design limited