Chute

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2016-11-10
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Winge, Theresa
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Chute is a bright pink gown with bustle and train designed from a vintage military surplus recovery parachute. Parachutes in flight, the geometry of the constructed parachutes, and parachutes in relationship to the human body inspired the gown's design. A sustainable, slow design process was used, which focused on zero waste techniques for the final construction. The macramé and ruche effects transform the nylon parachute and tethers into a dynamically sculpted gown. The design was given the pun-derived nameChute, because while being photographed, it was discovered the gown still had characteristics of the original parachute (‘chute), as the train unexpectedly and wildly billowed into the air behind the model when caught by the wind (oh, shoot!).

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