The Recovery Room
The Recovery Room is a mens and womenswear Fall/Winter2011 line that was inspired by the FX show, Nip/Tuck. The sophistication andcreativity that director, Ryan Murphy brings through the camera lens is whatwas meant for this collection. Nip/Tuck is more than just doctors in scrubsand corny one-liners for a success in the operating room. The story line forall of the seasons follows an engrossing detail oriented plot for drama,real-life surgeries, along with graphic content. Nip/Tuck and plastic surgerywas an inspiration on the entire idea of identity, the ideal of being perfect-either feminizing, masculinizing, or androgynizing the human character. Toformulate the collection, the linear aspects on each garment represent thestraight cut lines a surgeon has to make in order for a flawless and perfectrecover with no scarring. Garments give symmetry with artificial asymmetriclines. The allusion of fake bandage wraps and closures give the audience anidea of artificial perfection; like plastic surgery. A monochromatic color schemeis use to give a sterile and surgical feel with pops of red to represent bloodfrom incisions made by a scalpel. Fabric choice consists of wool, basket weavecotton, spandex/lycra, cotton/spandex, and a range of knits from lighter tomedium weight. The medium weight fabric intentionally characterizes wrapbandages used in recovery. Using knits helps give the look and feel of perfectfit and comfort in your own body. Each shirt had a custom screen printillustration alluding to the real face of plastic surgery. A two-printcolorway was designed and showed the extremities or pain of plastic surgery.The womens bustier corresponds to a ribcage silhouette with bandage pleatingdetails on the bust. Each outerwear piece has a band on the wrist and a screenprint label to stand for a hospital wristband. Another screen print that is onall of the jackets is a modified label that is on intravenous drip bags thatshow the chemical makeup and measurements. Minor details on the mens pants areheartbeat topstitching from white to light grey and darker greys. Other minutedetails include at least one button being sewn with red thread, red accent tagson the cardigan, and a hang quality on all of the pieces being screen printedwith the same label as the wristband labels. Hair and make-up styling was morebasic and simple than extreme. Up-dos were styled for longer-haired men andwomen as well as mini-Mohawks for shorthaired men. Light natural make-up aroundthe eyes for women with red lipstick were done and only powdering the male faceto give a more flawless appearance was shown. This is a quirky collection butwearable in a non-couture way. The garments are not your everyday pants,t-shirt, and cardigan or jacket, but wearable commercial garments with a cleanbut edgy feel with mostimportantly, fit, comfort, style and construction.