2268

Skills

Sewing, hand-stitching, laser cutting, heat formation, gardening

Materials

Spandex, satin, stretch neoprene, greenhouse plastic, Gila film, live plants

Problem

In the face of climate change, lifestyles will be fundamentally different, and humanity can no longer be entirely reliant on growable earth to sustain themselves

Partner

Anny Fan

Year

2018

Solution

A clothing line that visualizes this future; however, with pollution waging its war on impoverished populations, access to fertile soil will not be equitable

"The year 2268 marks two hundred and fifty years after this year’s Lunar Gala. After centuries of disastrous climate change, where rapid urbanization and pollution have distorted how we approach growth in an urban landscape, where do we stand? 2268 explores this inquisition from two perspectives. The first perspective captures extreme pollution and the second perspective explores hyper-fetishized sustainability practices -- where urbanization has gotten out of control and the soil has become infertile, forcing us to carry the food we need to eat. This dichotomy between these two perspectives highlight the deformation and exploitation of climate issues."

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As my initial foray into the world of fashion design and sewing, I wanted to find ways to use my background in fabrication to provide a social commentary. I devised the concept for this line shortly after the announcement of the United States' withdrawal from the Paris Accord. As I begin to consider the consequences such a decision could have down the road, I began to think of the people who would be most affected. What would those people look like? What would they wear? How would they interface with their clothing? 

These questions began to find answers in the development of 2268, a clothing line that uses unconventional materials to provide insight towards what the world of fashion could look like in the year 2268. However, instead of arriving at a hyper-futuristic design, my partner and I explored how contemporary forms could evolve and become informed by the material at hand. What happens when we're left with too much plastic, that it becomes a factor in everything we use? What happens once we've ravaged our resources? What happens when our soil becomes infertile and improper for the growth of food? 2268 is a snapshot into the answers to these questions. 

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The looks evolved continuously as we fed through the design and fabrication process. As the team member in charge of all of the plastic manipulations among other things, I began to think more about pollution as it is physically manifested. In the case above, I abstracted the idea of plastic soda can rings to use circles of varying sizes to convey an idea of perspective. Other looks saw complete overhauls from the original sketches. Some saw minor changes that came to be after we matched with our models and began to use them as muses for the looks. 

Creating 2268 was one of my most gratifying experiences at Carnegie Mellon. Coming in with minimal sewing experience and a definite lack of understanding of how clothing actually works, I learned an immense amount of information on how form works and moves. By thinking of clothing in a similar way to the way I think about user experience, I gained more of a footing in designing clothing. In the end, we achieved a clothing line that had a clear use and a clear misuse. By exploring that dichotomy, the line serves as an interesting way to unpack human nature - our tendencies to ravage and exploit, yet create and push on. 

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