February 29, 2020
Lunar Gala was originally created in 1997 to ring in the Chinese New Year, or more generally referred to as the Lunar New Year. The New Year cycles through 12 animal signs and celebrates good fortune and prosperity. As a part of the celebration, it is customary to wear new clothes which has inspired our fashion show. Since its inception, Lunar Gala has transformed into a highly anticipated event that hundreds hope to be part of and thousands hope to come see. This year is our 24th year, marking the completion of our second Lunar cycle with the year of the Rat. The Rat is the first of the 12 animal signs, and therefore symbolizes leadership, resourcefulness, excitability, and adventure. The year of the Rat also signifies new beginnings, with this year being the year of the Metal Rat. The element of metal adds emotional intensity, as well as an orientation towards progress and innovation.
Yesterday explores the liminal space between here and there, then and now, yesterday and today. Does our distorted memory of the past alter the events of the present? For our twenty-fourth annual show, we reflect on our history and reimagine the future.
This collection looks towards the application of ornamental textile trimmings through a contemporary re-interpretation of British outerwear. Originally, fringe was used as a detail to prevent the unraveling of fabrics when hemming was not, but we are looking towards using it to begin to absorb our garments. As the line progresses, the fringe application becomes more experimental, and more invasive, to the point where elements of the jacket are lost in a vibrant mess of movement. The collection demonstrates the boisterous opportunities apparent in re-imagining the application of traditional finishing techniques.
Some designs, colors, and materials were changed after the initial proposal, and may be inconsistent with sketches.
In collaboration with Michael Powell.
Initial Concept Submission
See the full portfolio documenthere.
With corresponding original sketches. Photo Credits: David Domalik