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This dress was created for one of my final two collections in graduate school, “Phoenix Rising.” The dress was created using draping and flat patterning. The textile was bleached several times to achieve a layered appearance. The textile was then shredded and deconstructed with a power Dremel hand tool. The design goal was to create a collection of garments that referenced previous work by myself, but in a new way. The collection was to burn away my previous designs to make way for a new chapter upon graduating from grad school.

Red lace was deconstructed and appliqued on to represent new life. A silver metal stud was put in the middle of each flower to add shine and dimension.

This is the final look and shows the most amount of bleaching. Each look would feature less and less denim as it is burned away. The denim here has become a neck piece where once it “started” as a coat.

The overall look consists of a deconstructed neckpiece and a hand dyed deconstructed red silk caftan style dress. The silk was originally beige and was hand dyed with acid dyes from beige to a red that matches the lace in the collection. The neckpiece has a lacing mechanism at the back like a corset so it could be tied closed.