Rebirth

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2016-09-11
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Chen, Chanjuan
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With textile waste growing, it is increasingly important for designers to explore new ways of upcycling. Utilizing the strategy of upcycling, combined with the concept of traditional Chinese dress style, Qipao, the purpose of this design was to refashion and add new value and significance to secondhand men's suits and neckties by creating a culturally inspired feminine dress with ornamental detail. Both the tailored men's jackets and neckties were made out of quality fabrics despite small damaged areas. By redesigning and making use of these otherwise underused items, they are given prolonged life and increased value. In addition, the design encourages the consideration of cultural inspiration in upcycling and how the two concepts can be combined.

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