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    I'm currently a student enrolled at FIT and I thought I'd share some of the works I've done in the past few semesters.

    I'll update this thread as I find more pictures/create new things.

    Feel free to offer any critiques.


    Materials: Aluminum


    Materials: Plexiglass, nickel spikes




    Materials: Aluminum, nickel spikes
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    Materials: White Birch, rivets


    Materials: Aluminum, nickel spikes

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    These are some pretty brutal (good kind) designs, might be time for me to start cross dressing. Actually, could I borrow the nickel spiked plexiglass corset, it will improve the morning commute immeasurably....maybe a few more spikes too...

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    Congratulations on such a spectacular range of works. The white birch bodice in particular is outrageously beautiful!
    some do it fast, some do it better in smaller amounts.

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    The simplicity of both the plastic and birch corsets is really beautiful.

    But then I ask myself if the designs really benefit from these spikes. I can be wrong, but I find them both distracting from the original form and, which may be a personal point of view, to look cheap. To me, these belong to an 80ies heavy metal denim jacket, and not to such delicate objects.
    Which, again, can be a good contrast, if that is what you were looking for. Itís yours, not mine.

    Öand that first dress if so badass. damn.

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    Thank you all so much.

    blackfedora I actually almost ended up putting more spikes into it when I was making it XD

    ahn It means a lot coming from someone whose work I admire and respect so much.

    radio-aktivitšt, the spikes were actually the predecessors to the rivets because they were the only things I could find that weren't screws...and I could not get behind using screws lol. I really do like how they turned out in the aluminum dress, but maybe a similar style would also work well with rivets? The issue with what I make is that it's hard to get advice from professors that pretty much only work with cloth so I'm just winging a lot of it and have to source my materials with little to no reference :(.
    I also did try a Plexiglass top with a white paint stroke over the bust as well but it didn't pan out quite as well as I had imagined it in my head. I do love how it looks like the spikes are just floating though.
    I actually do want to make a really clean Plexiglass piece, with the "seams" being connected by drilling little indents into them and putting tiny cylindrical earth magnets in.

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    Materials: Aluminum, nickel spikes, bamboo thread.

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    very interesting. the birch being my favorite. you can easily see that being made in fabric or at least covered in.

    the plexiglass one is also intriguing (although i do agree that the spikes are distracting, how was the form made?

    the last picture looks good too. although i am wondering on the process behind these? were they made around a brief or are these part of a final collection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by k3mist View Post
    very interesting. the birch being my favorite. you can easily see that being made in fabric or at least covered in.

    the plexiglass one is also intriguing (although i do agree that the spikes are distracting, how was the form made?

    the last picture looks good too. although i am wondering on the process behind these? were they made around a brief or are these part of a final collection.
    Sorry about the late reply, I'm in the midst of finals.

    Most of these were made during an independent study of "wearable art".

    My professor actually had me do a write up of the process for each one so if you are indeed interested I could go through them.

    But to first answer the Plexiglass question, it was made by first cutting smaller sheets, basically you just score a line and snap like normal glass. I did the initial heating in an electric oven at around 225-250 degrees F. Gas ovens are bad because they're so uneven and can create bubbles fairly easily. I put it on wooden blocks so I could watch for when it begins to become pliable enough as it starts to droop. When you pull it out you only have a few seconds to work before it hardens so you basically have to work extremely fast. If you let it touch itself it will adhere to itself which means wasted Plexiglass XD. I did the initial shaping on a dressform. I then used a heat gun to get it more the way I wanted it. (the heatgun can and will burn holes into a dressform if it gets to close) After that I marked and cut it with a Dremel saw. Used heatgun again to make a better fit. ALWAYS wear goggles when you're sawing/sanding it...hot melted bits fly at you and it's fairly terrible to get any in your eye. (granted I sometimes forgot and did get a piece in my eye at one point.) I also recommend a filtered mask as it is toxic. After cutting I sanded it with a Dremel to get a clean shape and then hand sanded it to get it all smooth. Holes were drilled. That's basically it, but the process can be quite laborious and messing up basically means the whole thing will probably be ruined.

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    I had to drape half a skirt for soft silhouettes and I kinda liked the results:








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    Great work Ahimsa, keep at it! The texture of that skirt's fabric is pretty amazing.

    I'm not a personal fan of spikes either, even though I get how it's a practical construction choice. Birch also the favourite for me here.

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    Thank you so much kuugaia!

    Some pictures of my term garment for soft draping.







    It's one piece of fabric, uncut. Everything but the hem is hand-sewn.

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    /\ this is really beautiful
    Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months - Oscar Wilde

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    ahh, thank you so much Faust.

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    Seriously impressive.
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    It's always such a pleasure to watch you drape and design. You have to make something out of that skirt fabric. You know my size ;)

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    Two of my favorite women, interest1 and princess, thank you so much

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    Wow; your use of both birch and metal is stunning. I'd love to see a video of the metallic gown being walked in to see how it moved...is it fully articulated? And that soft drape dress...*swoon*.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aurum View Post
    Wow; your use of both birch and metal is stunning. I'd love to see a video of the metallic gown being walked in to see how it moved...is it fully articulated? And that soft drape dress...*swoon*.
    Thank you for the kind words!

    Do you mean the spiked one? It has pivots at the hips so that the three hip pieces move with wearer.

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    My term garment. This year's theme was Mad Max meets Marie Antoinette/ French Court.

    Mine was chosen to be displayed in this year's exhibition.






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