For this collection, I started my research by examining the history of the 1930s. The 1930s is remarkable for the rise of Hollywood and cinema. The big screen was favored and many Hollywood stars still praised to this day, such as Marlene Dietrich and Greta Garbo, were popular. The 1930s was also the era of the second world war when women became active in society and gained the right to vote. In part because of these duties, there is a clear separation between daywear and evening wear in fashion. Many of the dress styles we still design and wear today originated from the 30’s with the rise of fashion designer Elsa Schaparelli whose designs spoke volumes as they possessed a flair of surrealism and a trompe l’oeil effect, as well as a use of vivid colours such as shocking pink shades.
I then desired to explore the Transformational Cutting Technique which consists of drawing on a sample garment and then using the drawn lines as new pattern pieces. This complex technique definitely involves working on each piece in a very unique manner which does not allow engineered grading for the pattern pieces are different from the usual pattern we know. Therefore the idea of working on each piece using that technique is what I want to explore because I am confident it will lead to a unique result.