United States   |  2020

MUSE Design Awards Platinum Winner

FATOPIA: THE CELEBRATION OF FLESH

Entrant Company

C'EST D

Category

Fashion Design

Client's Name

Sub-Category

Plus Size Clothing

2.1 billion people in this world, 30% of world population, are overweight. In US, 67% are beyond size 16, however, our society is fat phobic and discriminates people by their size. Based on my research, working with 10 participants, including myself, we translated key elements into fashion and addressed the gaps in the plus size market from a design point of view to show that We can all be fashionable. My goal is to empower everybody to love their bodies and take a stand against fat stigma. This is bringing body positivity and body inclusivity into fashion. Through this collection, we are redefining the concept of fat. This word is not an insult, it is just an adjective that means you have more tissues in your body. However, our society is fat phobic and discriminates people by their sizes. We need to remove the stigma and accept it just as it is. To achieve that, from my perspective, I am unapologetically designing fashion for fat bodies and every body, and ultimately providing choices that we are missing right now. I explored digital fabric prints. All the patterns are created based on our bodies and I printed them on different fabric weight such as silk duchess here, organza, and silk twill. Also I used laser cutting techniques on this leather jacket and the top that Morgan is wearing, to add more diversity. When it comes to certain sizes, designers limit their creativity and exploration. However, I'm exploring new shapes, techniques and textiles to broaden fashion's perspective toward every size.

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