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This dress was hand painted on silk dupioni using Jacquard Textile Color Fabric Paint. I built layers of color starting from the lightest color and going toward the darkest. I painted this dress as close to the style of my artist I chose to be inspired by as I could (http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-RFtUwOyjxBc/TuW4sVKNAPI/AAAAAAAABdk/XrR9lXlf62I/s1600/Zao_Wou-Ki-Composition-VII.jpg). The dress features a centerback lapped zipper and silver trim on the dolman sleeves and skirt hem.

I chose the artist Zao Wou-Ki as inspiration for my collection for this year’s show. He was a Chinese artist who traveled to Paris to pursue art on his own terms. The abstract paintings he created start as chaos and then become form, often mirroring the act of creation itself. It was in his paintings that celebrate life, that my spiritual collection, “The Fine Line,” was created. This collection discusses the thin border between life and death and why we should be celebrating the human spirit everyday.

Using one of Zao Wou-Ki’s untitled paintings I created my color palette and then hand painted some of my fabrics in his style. I wanted this collection to focus on wearable creativity. My collection takes lady-like silhouettes and gives them a quirky twist. This final undergrad collection was an exploratory and personal journey for me created with a lot of love, curiosity, and expression.

Photograph by Mike Burgess (Mikeburgessphoto.com)