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SwanSwan

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

Interview

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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

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Interview Excerpts

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

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Design Information Derived from Interview

In her interview, SwanSwan emphasized wanting to possess control of herself and her sexuality. They expressed that they feel empowered by sexy clothing and stated that genderless fashion shouldn't just be the colorless and boxy form that it usually takes, but that it can and should also be sexy, decorative, and colorful.

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Focusing on pure femininity, decoration, and ideas of control

Excerpt from SwanSwan's Muse Book about what her ideal outfit would consist of

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Moodboard

Excerpt from the Muse Book for SwanSwan on their views of androgyny and androgynous fashion

Interview Excerpts

Design Iterations

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.

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Making Process

Skirt Pattern Planning

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Top Pattern Planning

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.

The initial plan was to make a corset dress for SwanSwan with a mini skirt underneath.

The design then changed to a V-neck corset top and a longer skirt.

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Fitting 

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Refining

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Materiality

Materiality was used to meet SwanSwan's desire of body decoration. The main method used was pleated patchwork out of cotton fabric.

Patterning

Copied the pattern from the corset top sample onto pattern paper to plan top materiality

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Materiality Goal

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Envisioned to use layered pieces of cotton fabric

Front Pattern Planning

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Back Pattern Planning

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Painted pattern pieces with water color paint to distinguish color easily when cutting out pieces in final fabric

The front right side had 14 pattern pieces, the front left had 8 pieces, the back right had 7 pieces, and the back left had 11 making the top 40 pieces in total.

Front Inside Materiality

Back Inside Materiality

For each piece, material was cut out on fabric without manipulation, and then cut out again on the pleated fabric of the same color - in which pleats had been sewn secure.

Those two fabrics were then notched and sewn together

and then sewn to the other pieces of their respective parts of the corset.

Outside Materiality

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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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