As we get older, childhood spontaneity gradually decreases. Our experiences and environment affects begin to make us question what once seemed natural. We become sensitive to how we are presented and viewed, which limits our imagination.
This collection focuses on the importance of spontaneity and the versatility of a garment. The garments within the collection provide convertible attachments, openings, details for the wearer to experience and provide a sense of play. By using as a point of departure my childhood experiences such as playing with particular toys and puzzles, comfort objects and playgrounds I began to “play” and create shapes and details. By its nature, educational (convertible) toys and playgrounds both enhance children's’ creativity, and what’s more, children learn through play. This collection transfers this idea into the process of making clothes, each of these pieces has its own personality but echoes the same idea of being playful, convertible and embracing the spontaneity of creation.
CHLOE(XIAOYU) ZHANG is a fashion designer from Shanghai, China. In 2017, she started her creative studies at Parsons Paris, focusing on integrated studies and practicing on technical skills. She is very interested in avant-garde artwork and abstract fashion pieces, espe- cially the shape that is enormous but still wearable on the body. The passion for being creative and conceptualizing can be seen through her thesis collection. Most of her inspiration came from the drapings rather than patterning; the idea is centered on exploring the spacings, connections and movement between the human body and garments.