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Arjahn Cox has created a four-look collection based on the desires and needs of four different muses. Muses were found via general survey, chosen based on their responses, interviewed, measured and designed for, leading to final garments and outcomes.


This page highlights the work for and the experience of one muse: SwanSwan



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Each Muse was interviewed to find out their desires and needs in reference to their clothing choices and self-expression. The desires and needs expressed in these interviews were then used to inform the clothing that was created for the muses. 

Design Process

Designs were made from a mix of Kambaba's stated preferences from their interview and Arjahn’s interpretation of their wants and needs relating to Kambaba's fashion choices and identity.


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Focusing on flowy garments, layering, warm colors, and earth tone colors

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Design Information Derived from Interview

Interview Excerpts

In her interview, Kambaba spoke on their identity and how she navigates feeling valid in her identity as well as the concept of gender autonomy. 

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Design Iterations

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Final Design

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Final Lineup

Design Approval

In keeping with the intent of prioritizing the wearer’s experience, muses were asked to approve designs and to make sure they would be comfortable wearing what was designed for them.


Making Process

Top Pattern Planning

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Skirt and Hood Pattern Planning

Patterning for Asymmetric Skirt with attached hood.

Hood was created by draping the shape on a water bottle and then sizing it up


Due to the muses’ body types being excluded from the sample size and binary gender model of fashion design, all patterns were made without the use of slopers and made using the measurements of the muse.


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Materiality was used to meet Kambaba's desire of warm tone colors. The main methods used were hand dyeing and pleating.

Dye and Fabric Planning


Materiality Goal

Envisioned to use dyed pleated fabric


Attempted top fabric dyeing,

however dye did not stay

Pleated Fabric washed and ready to be dyed

Skirt fabric dyed via ombré dip dying

Hood fabric dyed via tie dye spray bottle method

Dyeing Outcomes

Final Photos

Photos by Lucre Visual Media

Photos were taken with the motive
of muses being themselves and feeling comfortable and confident in the garments. Photos were taken at a mansion in New York with the intent of showing the muses in a grandiose environment and taking up space in a place that is historically exclusionary.

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