Happy holidays everyone!
A few months ago, I enrolled in a collage Apparel Design program in order to learn how to create clothing items of my own. I just finished the first quarter, and it's already been the most intense and fun learning of my life! I'm so excited to introduce you to my sketches that I made during this first quarter!
The inspiration for my collection came from my hometown of Yunnan, China. "Yunnan" can be literally translated as the "Southern Clouds". Located in the southwest of China, Yunnan is known for being the home of 26 different tribes, each one with their own distinct language, culture, and clothing style. All of the tribes share a love for vibrant colors and embroidered flowers. They pass the art of their tribe's embroidery from generation to generation.
In my three-piece collection, I adopted flower embroidery inspired by the tribes of Yunnan. The embroidery features the peony flower, a popular flower in Yunnan.
The piece on the left is a cocktail dress with organza shoulder and sleeves, stripes of blue, and green and yellow embroidered flowers. The colors I chose were based on the feathers of a peacock, which is also a native bird of Yunnan.
The piece in the center is a formal evening gown with silk bodice that has bright pink, blue, and purple flower embroidery. The skirt is nylon, and also features beading.
The piece on the right is a semi-formal outfit. The silk bustier has peony embroidery and dangling fuzzy balls on the bottom. The skirt has a flare silhouette with soft pink satin as an underlayer, and silk with pink feathers and beading details as a toplayer.
Below are some other sketches I made during the first quarter...