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Inspired by Rorschach tests and refraction, my thesis is an investigation of perception, illusion, and delusion. When people look at this garment, they see various shapes, figures, and images. The garment then becomes the Rorschach test itself, as people begin considering and decoding their own perceptions.
During the design process, I focused on symmetry, curved lines, and clean aesthetics. Mirrored elements and organic shapes reference the ink-blot tests and are balanced by the streamlined silhouette.
The top and harness overlay were fully fashioned on a Brother hand knitting machine. The tubular trims were knit separately, and everything was attached by hand.
This pattern was inspired by ink-blot tests, which were used to diagnose mental illness in the mid 20th century. The double jacquard was created using Stoll M1 software.
Photography: Kayden Strauss
Model: Anna Taktachev
Assisting: Grant Ross
Makeup: Claire Silverberg
Meet the Designer
My design philosophy lies in the intersection of fashion and sustainability. My choice to specialize in knitwear was due to its environmental merits, as well as the freedom that comes with designing from yarn to creating the final garment. I aim to design for design’s sake, continuously challenging who my customer is and the functions of my garments. I believe that art and sustainability can meld together through the medium of fashion design, and I’m constantly discovering the different forms that it can take. In the future, I intend to continue pushing design boundaries and actively work towards creative solutions for sustainability concerns in the fashion industry.