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RACHEL KUHNS


PHILOSOPHY

BEAUTY... FEMININITY... DEMURE... FLUID...

NOT JUST AN APPEARANCE; AN ESSENCE; A STATE OF BEING FROM WITHIN

AN ART FORM; A MASK OF REALITY

PURE INNOCENCE; AN ANIMAL’S TRUE NATURE; NIEVE, NAKED

MOVING WITH THE EBBS AND FLOW; SINOUSLY SEDUCTIVE


WHEREEVER IT PASSES. EVEN LATE OR INAPPROPRIATELY. FASHION DEFENDS THE RIGHTS OF IMAGINATION. Christian Dior, 1957


LES MERVEILLEUSES


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“A fashionable young Frenchwoman of the late 18th-century, character ized by extravagant dress sense and anti-revolutionary ideas.” “Les Merveilleuses”, parisian women during the French Directory known for their luxurious taste in clothing and fashion. They would be seen strolling down the streets of Paris with their male counterparts, “Les Incroyables”; together meaning the “incredible men and marvelous women”. These women were known for their outrageous outfits that were inspired by the Greek and Roman draped ancient attire. Their dresses were made of light, white cotton and gauze that clung to the natural curves of a women’s body. “Les Merveilleuses” were known for deliberately soaking their dresses in water before promenading in town; accentuating their womanly-shaped bodies. With this historic beginning, my collection, “Les Merveilleuses” further explored the relationship between water and fabric and all of the effects that these two components created together. Fully immersed in the water, the gravity-free fabric seemed effortless and full, while the soaked, dripping fabric clings and accentuates the body’s curves and shape. The silhouettes and textures that could be created are endless.

LES MERVEILLEUSES

mer • veille • euse


LIGHT AS A FEATHER

SPECTRA ELEGANCE DESIGN COMPETITION THIRD PLACE WINNER The design compeition’s challenge was to create a garment using the LED lights provided. Inspired by the evervescent and soft glow of the lights, my first thoughts came to a feather being blown through the wind; moving through the rays of sun and softly moving through the waves The garment is made of lycra spandez and netting and hand-made silk and lace feather-like embelleishments to emulate the airy and ethereal feeling of a feather floating through the air.


COALESCENCE


noun / koh-uh-les-ens/

“a mixture; a fusion, a combination of two or more components” “Coalescence” is an entangled vision of traditional Chinese patterns and knotting with Givenchy silhouettes from the late twentieth century. This ensemble of pieces reflects inspirations from the past for an extravagant, yet simple appearance. “Coalescence” embodies the nature of a beguiling, coy, seductive woman

COALESCENCE

co • a • les • cence



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