Fashion Collection 2019
Using materials like plastic utensils, magazines, newspapers, and garbage bags, we created 8 different looks for Carnegie Mellon’s largest annual student event, Lunar Gala. Over the span of 6 months, we created multiple prototypes for each look, and created textures that emphasized each material.
Created in collaboration with Jessa Westheimer.
We also .. didn't know how to sew and thought glueing newspaper together would be easier than learning... and we were just absolutely, horribly wrong.
Welcome to our 6 months journey of digging into dumpsters around campus and trying to create something beautiful from it.
We created textured samples using the materials, cardboard, newspaper, beer cans, utensils, trash bags, and magazines to test different ways we could manipulate the materials and how they looked next to one another.
Every time we ate a meal on campus, we took a handful of utensils and stuffed them into our bags.
We used fishing wire and hot glue to attach the plastic utensils onto a lace base. We realized that this outfit looked kinda chaotic, just because of the nature of the utensils and we decided that this was not the mood we were trying to portray.
We then decided to cut off the ends of the utensils and sewed them directly onto the lace base. We did this because we thought it looked more uniformed and less visually cluttered. This also made the outfit more comfortable for the model, since there was no longer any sharp edges.
We were pleasantly surprised by the movement of the utensils on stage. Since the skirt was shorter, the movement resembled tassels.