This project began with exploring the architecture of Zaha Hadid and Santiago Calatrava, as examples of organic--yet fundamentally geometric--forms interacting with the natural environment. It then shifted to understanding different techniques designers, such as Rei Kawakubo, Issey Miyake, Iris Van Herpen, and Junya Watanabe, use to express sculptural or geometric concepts on the human body. The study that resulted in the final design pictured above was the deconstruction of American painter Frank Stella's black and white paintings into geometric forms that were then rearranged and placed on a human form. One of these shapes was selected and rotated to discover the different ways this shape could be "worn" as a "shirt" or a "skirt" with the aid of a tying mechanism.
The ability for shape to be worn as both a "shirt" and a "skirt" was further explored during the creation of the first muslin mock up. The fabrication technique of pleating the material was also developed through experimentation with the muslin.