Rise and Decline
By the middle of the 20th century, the mountainous regions of Greece had fallen prey to Mining Cooperation’s that exploit the rich bauxite deposits needed to produce aluminum. While these companies produced some job opportunities for local workers, the mineral wealth extracted from the mines ends up far from the local villages. As the mines produced materials used to build distant cities, they simultaneously damage traditional landscapes and the natural topography that are at the heart of the Greek village. The mines and other modern alterations to the landscape redefined the way the villages communicate, removing access roads and routes of communication that once enabled easy travel and interaction. The strip mines that have scarred the countryside contribute to the villages being abandoned or left in disrepair.
The dress was created to represent the socioeconomic relationships between Greece and the United States. The metal cage is constructed to resemble the architectural design of the Chrysler Building. Its metal, skeletal form infers the continuous deterioration of Greek villages while also making reference to the rise of other architectural forms. The cascading form and its rock bottom represent what is left of these Greek villages and is reinforced by the ghostly quality of the entire piece. Altogether, the dress represents both the rise and decline of structures. 
Rise and Decline
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Rise and Decline

Fashion gown representing the rise and decline of structures.
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