Jiyeon Lee’s graduate collection inspiration came from washing machines. One button is pressed and everything is spinning and all twisted together. She felt that her identity was also tangled up within that. Following the wash, the clothes are hung out to dry, which is where her thoughts also straighten out.
This influence came about when Lee was in Tokyo, she saw an old woman carrying a laundry basket whose floral print outfit she fell in love with. She watched as the woman stopped to put her garments onto her drying rack.
Jiyeon laid out aluminium kitchen foil flat and smoked it to create tones that range from pearly grey to charcoal black. She then crushed and flattened the material to create her textures. She then protected her foil with fixative to prevent it from smudging.
The silhouettes and prints are from a laundry process, for example, what happens inside the washing machine and the shapes of the clothes when they are hung out to dry.
In this collection, the key prints are mixed colour and crumpled, wet fabrics. As very common patterns are transformed inside the washing machine, unique print and textiles are reinvented.