Chen Li – Senior Thesis Project 2021

Major: BFA Fashion Design

Hometown: Qingdao, China

My thesis collection is inspired by the colorful architecture of the rainy season, exploring the combination of waterproof materials and other fabrics. I used three ideas altogether. The first one is the application of color blocks. There are many contrasting color designs of square or irregular shapes in my design.  I find that such appearance is very similar to the grain presented by knitwear, which directly leads to the second element – the edge of the wall and the door frame. I used yarn to add an interesting edge to the seams and used very thick wool to increase the size and proportions. The third element is the sense of space. I designed some solid cubes or cylinders to add richer architectural features. I used a lot of patent-leather fabric and transparent TPU to cover other fabric. I also used a hot air gun to deform the hard PVC so that it would naturally present irregular shapes and support the natural space. Then I punched holes in the PVC and woven them with yarn.

Fashion designer:Chen Li ( IV )