Utilitarian Design in Fashion

As a designer, I find myself fascinated and drawn to the functionality of clothing. It’s this tangible outside item that we place upon ourselves to serve as a means of communication, comfort, and protection. With that thought, I like to explore this facet of clothing and experiment with utilitarian design. It’s interesting to see why certain parts of clothing were tailored the way there are, and how each opening and seam serves a purpose that came to be over thousands of years of evolution. A personal favorite quote by artist Lygia Clark that I like to consider why I work is, “we reject the representative space of the work as a passive contemplation”.

 

Clothing doesn’t have to be something that is purely for show. Rather there should a functional use to it, whether it is obviously apparent in the garment or not. I think that the biggest struggle with fully exploring this idea is that it’s necessary to be technically strong in the sewing and pattern-making area. After all, I’m looking at the purpose of the construction of the garment, and how to re-evaluate it. This is a realm of design where there is always something changing and something to learn about. It’s a blessing in that there is always information to glean, but a struggle in that the advancement in fully realizing my ideas will never be complete. 

-Stephanie Lin

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2 Responses to Utilitarian Design in Fashion

  1. prunsolee says:

    It is something we all struggle as young artists and designers to meet the end goal of our interests. I think you are on the right track. The idea of pushing the boundaries in functional/utilitarian fashion is definitely a great subject to explore and research on. After all, the resources are scarce and limited. There must be something more than just creating pretty clothes.

  2. prunsolee says:

    It is something we all struggle as young artists and designers to meet the end goal of our interests. I think you are on the right track. The idea of pushing the boundaries in functional/utilitarian fashion is definitely a great subject to explore and research on. After all, the resources are scarce and limited. There must be something more than just creating pretty clothes.

    -Celina

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