The Metamorphosis of Plants was written by German poet and philosopher Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in 1790. In this work, Goethe essentially discovered the homologous nature of leaf organs in plants, from cotyledons to photosynthetic leaves, to the petals of a flower. This is a study about the essential change of the plants. He also developed a phenomenological approach to natural history, an alternative to Enlightenment natural science, called Goethean science. There was a wide controversy of the science research integrating with subjectivity after the publishment of The Metamorphosis of Plant. Most scholars pointed out that this method emphasizes the role of the subjectivity of researchers in research, it is not real “science”. (Amrine, 2012) But as time goes, this work has been widely recognized in academics. Rudolf assessed the study in this book integrates external objectivity and internal subjectivity into the science, which is organic of association of science and arts, to identify it as “Romantic Organism”. (Rudolf, 1949) This research method becomes the initial research reference of the project. This project is based on the botanical studies of Goethe in the book The Metamorphosis of Plants to study this natural relation associated with the design elements in the menswear field.
Based on Goethe’s botanical studies, researchers should not be an external observer but be subordinate to the inside of the object of observation in order to integrating the attention and self-cognition of researchers to the objective studies. (Goethe, 1790) Subjectivity research of plants at Columbia Flower Market has been conducted. By this research, the outcome aims to build a botany collection of the project to provide the reference to further studies.
My design philosophy is to interpret traditional tailoring menswear by innovative fabrication and technology. And lace is the signature fabric. It is an innovation but also a challenge to employ lace in tailoring menswear design. There are many limits and technical analyses to produce wearable menswear garments by lace. The collection aims to inherit the nature of lace but transfer the menswear tailoring techniques to lace by innovative and exhaustive technical analysis which is with the nature of craftmanship.
The project aims to challenge a level of gendered clothes beyond the boundaries of masculinity in poetic, romantic, and graceful menswear.