Abstract

The Butterfly Effect is a transformable eveningwear collection inspired by the behavior of change. The eveningwear market faces the challenge of a short garment life cycle, and most gowns are only worn once. Transformable clothing allows one garment to be changed to create two or more different looks, which encourages it to be worn multiple times. By using modular transformations, individual parts that move independently, the wearer can customize the garment to fit her needs and strengthen her personal connection with the clothing.

The collection development began with research on the inspiration and concept of transformation. A study was conducted through personal interviews that asked participants about their shopping habits, sustainability, transformable clothing, and the eveningwear market. Based on the findings, initial sketches and samples of construction techniques were created and proposed to a review panel. First muslins--rough full-scale garments--were constructed and presented, then second muslins--fully finished garments--were constructed to reflect suggested changes. After an evaluation with external critics, final fabrics were purchased and final garments were constructed.

The final collection consists of seven looks, and each has one garment that can be transformed. The final fabrics include a combination of eveningwear fabrics and knits, all in monochromatic shades of purple.

Through the research and development of the collection, seven eveningwear looks were created that reflect the behavior of change. They transform into new looks that provide versatility for the wearer and extend the garment life cycle.

Modified Abstract

The Butterfly Effect is a transformable eveningwear collection inspired by the behavior of change. Transformable clothing allows one garment to be changed to create different looks. By using modular transformations, the wearer can customize the garment to fit her needs and strengthen her personal connection with the clothing.

Collection development included a study conducted through personal interviews, research of existing fashion collections with similar ideas, sketching, sampling, muslin construction, class and external critiques, and final garment construction.

The final collection consists of seven looks with one garment in each that can be changed. The final fabrics include a combination of traditional eveningwear fabrics and knits, all in monochromatic shades of purple.

Transformable clothing creates versatility for the wearer and promotes a sustainable approach to eveningwear.

Research Category

Art/Fashion

Primary Author's Major

Fashion Design

Mentor #1 Information

Ms. Chanjuan Chen

Presentation Format

Poster

Start Date

5-4-2018 1:00 PM

Research Area

Fashion Design

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Apr 5th, 1:00 PM

The Butterfly Effect: Exploring the Behavior of Change through Transformable Clothing

The Butterfly Effect is a transformable eveningwear collection inspired by the behavior of change. The eveningwear market faces the challenge of a short garment life cycle, and most gowns are only worn once. Transformable clothing allows one garment to be changed to create two or more different looks, which encourages it to be worn multiple times. By using modular transformations, individual parts that move independently, the wearer can customize the garment to fit her needs and strengthen her personal connection with the clothing.

The collection development began with research on the inspiration and concept of transformation. A study was conducted through personal interviews that asked participants about their shopping habits, sustainability, transformable clothing, and the eveningwear market. Based on the findings, initial sketches and samples of construction techniques were created and proposed to a review panel. First muslins--rough full-scale garments--were constructed and presented, then second muslins--fully finished garments--were constructed to reflect suggested changes. After an evaluation with external critics, final fabrics were purchased and final garments were constructed.

The final collection consists of seven looks, and each has one garment that can be transformed. The final fabrics include a combination of eveningwear fabrics and knits, all in monochromatic shades of purple.

Through the research and development of the collection, seven eveningwear looks were created that reflect the behavior of change. They transform into new looks that provide versatility for the wearer and extend the garment life cycle.