Updated: Dec 16, 2020
The 2018 Diverge fashion show at San Francisco State University adressed issues in the fashion industry including sustainability and diversity. I participated in two projects for the show, one focused on reuse and the other on inclusivity.
A group of five student fashion designers collaborated to create a collection called antithesis, re-using materials that would otherwise have been destined for a landfill. The asymmetric gray stretchy shirt started as a hideous cast off college merch shorts romper. The top features hand sewn fabric flowers and stencil print. The black woven gathered skirt was made from discarded fabric scraps.
For the inclusivity portion of this show, myself and another designer created an outfit for a disabled veteran that suited his specific needs. Allen described what he was looking for in the design and coordinated with the team throughout the entire process.
“Never Give Up” is a comfortable, casual look intended to celebrate the bravery and fortitude of our student veteran. The look consists of a soft knit top with hand painted lettering and a relaxed fit maroon short.
The rise of the diagonal lines on the T-shirt represents the way Allen was able to rise above circumstances after being injured on duty.Thank you for your service Allen Lin.