Student-MadeApr 30, 2021
— updated Apr 30, 2021
Vivian ’21 launches a fashion project
By Chelsie Li ’21
Vivian ’21 is a student from Beijing, China, and she has always been interested in fashion design. During the COVID pandemic, she started her own fashion project, which was inspired by her quarantine life. Horizon Media Team member Chelsie Li ’21 recently caught up with Vivian for this conversation.
What inspired you to start this project? What inspired you to choose this site?
What inspired me was the pandemic and my quarantine life. After I flew back from the U.S. to China, I had my fourteen days of quarantine, and after I left the quarantine site, I felt like I finally stepped out from limitations and felt free.
What are some of the takeaways from this process?
I have lots of takeaways, such as I have improved my skills in making collages, draping, textile design, and most importantly, I have made a lot of friends who are also interested in art and fashion.
What are some challenges you encountered?
There were various challenges during the process. Doing draping was not easy, since the structure of the clothes I designed was intricate, and I spent a lot of time making them look the way I anticipated. Also, due to the epidemic, finding a studio to work in was hard. Another challenge was that I have kind-of different ideas, and I sometimes vacillate between ideas, which makes my work not efficient enough.
What did you enjoy most throughout the process?
What I have enjoyed the most is drawing, and I am very good at it. I also enjoyed the sense of accomplishment of working my way through the project. I love the process, and I feel satisfied with what I achieved.
What kind of work were you doing?
Fashion is a whole process, each little step is critical. The steps of my fashion project are the inspiration board, the mood board, the color board, textile design, first lineup sketches, draping, analysis, more sketches, final lineup sketches, and final draping. Then, I order fabrics and make the clothing. Next, I contact the photographer and the model for the photoshoot, go over the shooting plan with the photographer, and, after the photoshoot, the last step is phototypesetting.
What is an end goal you hope to achieve?
Ultimately, I hope to become more creative and add more bold elements to my designs, which are an expression of emotion and about feeling limitations and freedom at the same time.
What do you want to say with your designs?
My design is an expression of emotion. It is about feeling limitations and freedom at the same time.