Every piece of clothing has a story. Sometimes these stories coincide, clash, compliment or oppose each other. Choose two pieces of clothing and a toy, and tell their stories. Draw each item, with its context, representing the material and details aptly.
Take everything apart.
Create new pieces by combining the various parts of the deconstructed garments and the toy, taking care to integrate the toy in such a way as to give structure to your new garment. Draw your propositions, with the new, transformed context or the one that continues from your first drawing.
Choose your final proposition, assemble it, then draw it in its final form. Choose a model to wear your new creation and take it in photography, choosing carefully the location, the pose and then representation.
- A green coat, retro-inspired. A Christmas gift from my aunt 5 years ago. A coat that has travelled the world, that has survived the grime of the metro stops in Paris, the nervous twisting of buttons before a job interview, the strain of wrapping it tight around my body against the wind and rain in Lyon; that has been put on in vain on a gloomy day in hopes of uplifting my mood with its bright cheery color and whimsical patterend lining; that has been borrowed, packed away, and rediscovered.
- A pair of navy blue denim pants, brand-new, found on sale for the low price of 5€ at H&M in January. A basic. Nothing to get excited about. Bought because, well, why not. Then forgotten on the train platform, abandonned in its fresh paper shopping bag, next to a bench, in limbo, waiting to be found by an unsuspecting passenger.
- A slinky, a classic toy. So simple in its construction and its ability to amuse, yet so complex in the mathematics behind it. A toy revealed beneath the ripped cheap wrapping paper on Christmas morning to a curious kid decked out in flannel pajamas. Hours spent at the top of the narrow staircase in the old San Francisco apartment, launching the slinky down the stairs, seeing how fast it would go. Look how it goes all on its own!
The final proposition:
The chosen garment is composed of two parts: a bustier with a pointed tail, and a cape. The bustier is made from the coat lining with a peplum made from the pant legs that ends in a long point in the back. The cape is made of the coat body folded in half and turned in on itself, with overlapping bands that snap shut in the front. The back hugs the body, with a waist band that keeps it secure. The collar is made of two slinkies, one on top of the other, and secured with transparent thread. The ends of the slinky keeps the cape edges straight at the shoulders.
A teenager, holding on dear to childhood innocence, travels with this top and cape, bestowed with a magic that transforms dim metro stations and bleak train platforms with a whimsical flair. It is an armor which protects her from banality, and brings colorful adventure to her travels along public transportation.