Pink and Lumpy (Old News)

This was probably my favorite piece from last semester, the Hot-Pink-Won-Ton dress.

It was made for a constructed surface project in Experimental Costuming--take a basic garment, pattern it out, and translate it into something new. So I took a plain gray empire waist jumper, and re-imagined it in tiny pyramids and hot-pink fleece. This was probably the begining of my fixation on using lots of little modules in my work. My classmates unfortunately decided that it looked more like wontons that pyramids.

I love doing multiple shots like this, I know it's silly, but they never fail to entertain me.


  1. Very nice design and and use of the pyramid motifs! Love it and the little photos!

  2. I love this dress. I am so going to start my hobby-crocheting again. I hate patterns so I usually just make strips, tubes, and Golden Ratio-rule square things I reinvented (I'm sure someone else has done it -- I've read enough Ecclesiastes to know that there's "nothing new under the sun."), until they suggest something.

    Not nearly as awesome as your truly inspired dress (I happen to think it looks like the Western "Wailing" Wall -- in Judaism, we put letters to God (generally prayers for health, family, and peace) between the stones, which get smaller as the Wall gets taller. I think these look like prayers in letter-envelope form, full of the Buddhist concept for the Soul's goodness -- "atman," which is, contrary to many people's belief that he's fat, the reason the Buddha is puffy in some statuary and illustrations, etc. -- in Wall-like rows that go up to Heaven like an acceptable-to-God Breughellian Tower of Babel.

    Then again, I am a writer, procrastinating writing anything but forum posts and blog comments.

    At any rate, your stuff is real art. I read a lot about fashion history when I had an academic crush on Tim Gunn, and I saw pictures of Bonnie Cashin garments from the late 1960s and Chanel and Dior stuff from the heydays of Dadaism and Absurdism. I think if those garments had kids, they'd look exactly like your garments.