Title

Carmen

Presenter Information

Denise Bartley

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC Ballroom C/D

Start Date

16-5-2013

End Date

16-5-2013

Abstract

Purpose: “Carmen,” is inspired by the contradicting aesthetics of leather and lace. Like my personality, this dress is feminine-meets-edgy, and a little rock ‘n’ roll. I believe our body is a canvas and the clothing which we choose to drape ourselves in paints the story of who we are and how we feel inside. I wanted to create a modest dress that captivated its audience and portrayed its wearer in a strong, confident manner. Process: During the design development stage and execution of this project I was inspired by photos of women wearing contrasting neutral colors, sharp geometric lines, exposed hardware, and conservative mini-dresses. The garment name was inspired by the song, “Carmen” by Lana Del Rey. The stories within DelRey’s songs are an exemplary example of a beautiful, kind woman battling those demons that persistently push her to the wild freedom of the dark side. Throughout this creative process, I listened to many songs by Lana; her music spoke to me and it was as if Lana knew and understood my heart and soul. Her sound was fresh, invigorating, and dangerously rebellious. Every aspect of this design is representational of human emotion, heart, and soul. Techniques: The dress was created using the fashion draping technique, which is the process of manipulating fabric over a dress form to create a desired fit and structure, while the sleeves were flat patterned. A pattern was created from the draping, a sample was created and fitted and the final product was constructed. The fully lined garment is finished with an element of edginess by inserting a 20” exposed, gold metal zipper extending down the back of the dress, over both the beige and black fabric, unifying the two ideas of goodness and evil. Materials: Black and beige 97 percent cotton and 3 percent spandex fabric, 100 percent polyester lining, 20” metal zipper, thread.

Poster Number

47

Faculty Mentor(s)

Andrea Eklund

Additional Mentoring Department

Family and Consumer Sciences

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Carmen

SURC Ballroom C/D

Purpose: “Carmen,” is inspired by the contradicting aesthetics of leather and lace. Like my personality, this dress is feminine-meets-edgy, and a little rock ‘n’ roll. I believe our body is a canvas and the clothing which we choose to drape ourselves in paints the story of who we are and how we feel inside. I wanted to create a modest dress that captivated its audience and portrayed its wearer in a strong, confident manner. Process: During the design development stage and execution of this project I was inspired by photos of women wearing contrasting neutral colors, sharp geometric lines, exposed hardware, and conservative mini-dresses. The garment name was inspired by the song, “Carmen” by Lana Del Rey. The stories within DelRey’s songs are an exemplary example of a beautiful, kind woman battling those demons that persistently push her to the wild freedom of the dark side. Throughout this creative process, I listened to many songs by Lana; her music spoke to me and it was as if Lana knew and understood my heart and soul. Her sound was fresh, invigorating, and dangerously rebellious. Every aspect of this design is representational of human emotion, heart, and soul. Techniques: The dress was created using the fashion draping technique, which is the process of manipulating fabric over a dress form to create a desired fit and structure, while the sleeves were flat patterned. A pattern was created from the draping, a sample was created and fitted and the final product was constructed. The fully lined garment is finished with an element of edginess by inserting a 20” exposed, gold metal zipper extending down the back of the dress, over both the beige and black fabric, unifying the two ideas of goodness and evil. Materials: Black and beige 97 percent cotton and 3 percent spandex fabric, 100 percent polyester lining, 20” metal zipper, thread.