a model to envelop: retrofitting the hoop skirt

26Nov08

the origin of women’s dresses in the 19th century:

hoopskirt

“Dresses increased dramatically to the hoopskirt and crinoline-supported styles of the 1860s; then fullness was draped and drawn to the back by means of bustles. Dresses were generally one-piece garments from 1800 through the 1840s; after that it became common for a dress to be made as a separate skirt and bodice, and many dresses had a “day” bodice with a high neckline and long sleeves, and an “evening” bodice with a low neckline (decollete) and very short sleeves.’

 

a. how many times have you had to wear a large fancy gown to some intrepid formal function and wished that you could crawl away into somewhere so that you didn’t have to be there anymore?

A model walks the runway during the Betsey Johnson 2008 Fashion Show at The Tent in Bryant Park during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2008 on September 11, 2007 in New York City.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for IMG)

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 11: A model walks the runway during the Betsey Johnson 2008 Fashion Show at The Tent in Bryant Park during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2008 on September 11, 2007

a dress from a show at the National Institute of Fashion Technology, NIFT, in India

a dress? or battleship? from a show at the National Institute of Fashion Technology, NIFT, in India

 

b. wouldn’t it be interesting for instead of to find a way to be able to wear nature, and then fully envelop yourself in it, or have it consume you?

 

c. what are they many functions of a tent, and how can those be incorporated into a skirt for everyday usage?

concept exampleTent Skirt from Climate Change Preparedness Center [apparently a Harvard startup that may or may not exist anymore?]: ‘This attractive skirt has two components: a crinoline underskirt opens into a mosquito net, and an apron-style overskirt becomes a tarpaulin with grommets for optimal positioning. The well-prepared nomad can distribute the weight of her tent for daytime travel in style.’

 

some materials - wire, canvas, thread

some materials - wire, canvas, thread

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the hoop pattern

the process of stacking

the process of stictching + stacking

the full layered hoop skirt, on a masonite girl model

the full layered hoop skirt, on a masonite girl model

hidden ----  layers unravel, open up and wires will allow it to stand

hidden ---- layers unravel, fabric opens up, and wire skeleton will allow it to stand

mock up of 'using nature' as the fabric

mock up of 'using nature' as the fabric, inspired by project runway

top view of 'tent', with leaves as embellishment

top view of 'tent', with leaves as embellishment....further inspiration for fashion via found materials??



2 Responses to “a model to envelop: retrofitting the hoop skirt”

  1. Wow, that looked like fun.

    Now go watch the “King and I”.

  2. wait… did you make that hoopla skirt model?


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