- Referencing: Victorian children’s wear, Japanese formal wear
Even after the Industrial Revolution, textiles were expensive. Children grow quickly, so garments were often constructed with pleats and tucks for future alterations. This functionality quickly evolved into a decorative/design element.
For the same reason, Japanese clothing is often based on rectangles and triangles. Garments are adjustable across multiple sizes through ties, pleats, and folds.
This apron/skirt/hakama/overall/garment is designed to be adjustable across both the hips and through the suspenders. Buttons and pleats can be easily altered to suit multiple proportions.
I’ve been working on this project for several months off and on. I used a long a-line skirt as a proportion/silhouette template. I drafted original patterns and cut them from some left-over English wool I had. Since I ran out of yardage, I did a lot of work-arounds and changes, but the overall design remained intact. I rather pleased with the results.
I want one
Beili Liu - The Mending Project (2011)
“…Hundreds of Chinese scissors suspended from the ceiling in a shimmery cloud. The piece involved the artist sitting at a small black table, hand-mending patches of fabric together which visitors were encouraged to cut themselves near the entrance. As the performance continued, the piece grew as one continuous cloth and lay spread on the floor.
The hovering mass of the downward-pointed scissors represent the distant fear and looming violence present in today’s cultural climate. The sharp blades above the artist are put in contrast by the silent and simple act of mending. The dichotomous result of the instant fear superimposed with the calming effect of the sewing created a surreal atmosphere in the room.”