The series of fashion designs presented in this Look Book is inspired by the many readings I have read throughout my educational career and the thoughts sparked by them. As one progresses through the designs in the order presented, one is taken through my mindset starting from four years ago, and ending with the present. This series illustrates how my thoughts have changed over time and which philosophies have stayed the same thus far. Each piece metaphorically alludes to specific plays, books, and other readings and symbolically reflects my personal opinions and thoughts or significant changes in perspective of each. Elements of each design like the cut and fit of an outfit as well as color and patterns of cloth or embellishments like beading, lace, and accessories (jewelry/shoes etc.) will all reflect my opinions or changes in opinions towards a specific topic (philosophical or otherwise life-related).
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One: Of Juliet, Love, and Happiness – Is Love necessary for Happiness? Backtrack four years, my answer was apparently not. In Romeo and Juliet, love was portrayed as limiting, stuffy, and rather impractical. This yields a mermaid cut dress bottom. It’s fitted around the legs and the flair in the cloth is below the knees, making it quite impractical to walk. Similarly, the impracticality of love seems to limit one’s ability to move on in life, as seen when Romeo kills himself just because Juliet appears dead. The whole “star-crossed lovers” line made it seem as though only fate were in control of love and that love itself was an innocent thing. Innocence is often attributed to white, the color of purity, so the color of choice in this design was also white. It seemed that one could be much happier without ever needing to deal with this concept of love, for love only leads to a broken heart. The broken heart is symbolically represented by the blood red accents in the outfit. Two red roses, one at the head, one at the heart, indicate that both areas are muddled with by love. The long red ribbon represents metaphorical blood spilled from a metaphorically destroyed heart. My comment to Love was why would anyone want that?
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