Statement of Purpose
This was a project for my Intro to Fashion class which was supervised by Prof. Dean Sidaway. As a part of our syllabus we were supposed to create a garment based on the Punk: Chaos to Couture exhibit which is being organized by the College Group at The Met. From all the listed themes, the area I particularly focused was “Pavilions of Anarchy and Elegance" . And after tons of textual and visual research, I finally found what I wanted to do. During my research I was mostly drawn towards the Mod Punk and the Electro Punk cultures.
Mod Punk is a subculture of punk. It is believed to have started in 1978 in England and it slowly spread its influence around the world. The style is 60's & 70'S inspired, laid-back and casual. It has a sense of elegance to it and is less noisy than the classic punk style. On the other hand Electro Punk is recognized mostly as a music genre than a fashion aesthetic. It combines punk and techno music giving a very fresh take on punk. What also inspired me was a lot of electro punk album covers that employed the use of lot white lights and subtractive method of visualization. One particular inspiration was light installation made by an electro punk band, Kraftwerk which had bright white lights encompassing human figures.
Using a basic silhouette, I tried to give a spin on it. Instead of choosing a colored fabric I decided to use transparent vinyl fabric which was almost as same as shower curtains. I knew it would be a challenge not just working with it but also finding the right way to interpret the two punk subcultures within it. So I started to make thin strips of artist’s tape and began to stick in on the fabric blocking the transparency. With those thin strips I tried to interpret the erratic sound frequencies of punk music keeping in mind the sounds of the instruments used in making punk music. And when the apparel is worn by a person, the movement of the body also produces a movement on the lines, giving out a futuristic mood that Electro Punk strongly evokes.