You reminisced the Victorian era in your designs to compliment your inspiration of women’s beauty standard. What stood out about the Victorian era and women’s beauty standards that inspired you the most?
Definitely It’s interesting that women had to dress in a complicated layering of clothing in the Victorian Era. In the Era where exaggeration is most “praised”, tight corsets, big hoop-skirts and gigantic bustles. It also caught my eye how today’s so called beauty standard is quite similar to the Victorian Era’s (small waist, big hips) and for it to be a “standard” of an era from more than a century ago is still here. There’s so much beauty in the Victorian era’s fashion.
While in Indonesia, you created your own textiles through smoking; how did you come up with this process?
While I was in Indonesia, I had a really hard time finding a textured fabric such as metalassé, cloqué, or even a non-bridal like jacquard. There, I had an idea development that I must make my own textured fabric for me to achieve what I want for this project. So I started to explore some smocking ideas.
I must make my own textured fabric for me to achieve what I want for this project
Due to the corona virus pandemic, have you faced many hardships in designing your collection?
It was definitely hard during the midst of my project, attending online classes from Indonesia with no creative environment to support me mentally.
It was definitely hard during the midst of my project.
What has been your favourite part in your design process for ‘gazed’?
The first phase of the design process was definitely pouring out all my ideas for this project which I really enjoyed. But what I really love is actually when I was in the middle of developing my idea into something real, something 3 dimensional that people could wear. The final touch was also the best as I get to see my hard work finished.
As you reminisce the Victorian era within your collection, which of your pieces reminds you the most of the Victorian era?
This particular puffy blue dress with the corset is definitely the one that really reminds me of the Victorian Era, it took a lot of development from bustles and crinolines.
it took a lot of development from bustles and crinolines
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