What was the inspiration for your collection?
This collection was inspired by some interesting vintage military wear and their modern iterations that my friends and I have or aim to collect. Some of my good friends are fortunate enough to collect specific garments that allows me to physically interact and observe them. They also collect modern adaptations of vintage military garments such as bomber jackets, flight jackets, cargo pants, etc. Also, I was partially inspired by potentially associating motivations of camaraderie, kinship, exploration, or even self-development.
Why did you choose this specific color palette?
I felt like white was a good alternative to many existing military garments. A majority of vintage military garments, aside from some specific garments produced in white, were designed in functional colors such as green or brown. Also, modern versions and variations of these inspirations are produced in simple colors such as black, navy, or grey. White also alludes to human nature in terms of creativity and individuality. Additionally, various fabric combinations add texture and depth to the garments despite a monochromatic color scheme.
What are you personally inspired by?
Personally, it depends. I generally have to decide why I’m doing something or what I am trying to achieve, and then I’ll decide on how I will be able to express whatever I am trying to communicate, resulting in some form of end product. For example, in this collection I felt the need to exhibit my ability to pattern make so I wanted to challenge myself to “redesign” an unorthodox garment that had clear inspiration, but still retained its own identity as something new. I also wanted to show my ability to create depth in a look, in which some looks in this collection exemplified texture and shape. I felt that examples like those would help display my skill set while still maintaining the consistency of the theme, which in this case would be re-engineered vintage military garments.
What makes your designs different from other designers?
Aside from simple garments in terms of function and aesthetic I generally lean towards garments that collectively exhibit any variety of interesting features such as style lines, form, fit, fabric choice, texture, shape, quality construction, embellishments, or even progressive fabrics or construction techniques. Currently, I feel that I have yet to establish my own design language or identity in terms of my own creations. However, I aim to provide perspective by utilizing innovative apparel design techniques to create novel garments with progressive and advanced materials that subvert conventional standards.
What direction do you think the fashion industry is heading?
A lot of it, in my opinion, is an excess of visual and physical pollution. Most of what is being produced and what can be found on social media or any high-profile journal/websites is usually really showy, extreme luxury, or surface level content. Although, from a consumer standpoint, the inspiration and concept development might not always be known, much of what is prominently displayed merely seems to have no substance past what is visually seen. Many brands/designers are inching towards sustainability, and whether it’s a trend or not, the foundation of mass production and mass consumption is not environmentally sustainable. Also, sustainability must be practiced not only physically in terms of environmental impact, but mentally as well. Hopefully, in the near future, brands/designers will be able to create to satisfy themselves while also being environmentally conscious as well.
Why did you want to be a fashion designer?
Looking back, I would have never thought of this as a career choice because at times I feel like a simple job would have sufficed. However, I like creating and experimenting with various hands-on projects and being able to have a tangible result that can easily be modified, which are some of the factors that led me to choose this path. I like having the ability to create my own process which yields varying objects based on experimentation. Being able to fine tune and adjust my own conceptual process or construction process is fun as well since each step in the process determines certain details towards the final product. Also, I like the aspect of craftsmanship and utilizing interesting object or fabric applications, such as dyes or paints, to enhance garments.