our last assignment of our fall 2007 semester at the parson‘s fashion department, was based on historical icons. some of my classmates chose to base their collections on twiggy, or alfred hitchcock etc. i, on the other hand, had just finished re-watching on dvd, bushi no ichibun, which translates into “one part of the warriors”.
it’s a tale about a lowly-ranked samurai who is employed as a poison taster, and loses his eye-sight after eating poorly prepared raw shellfish. this show was called “love and honor” when released in overseas film festivals, which completely leaves me dumbfolded because of how different the meaning of the title becomes. it was by acclaimed japanese director, yoji yamada, and stars in its lead role, you guessed it, kimura takuya.
inspired, i decided to base my collection on the samurais of japan. they have always intrigued me, and it is such a different and interesting culture of historic japan. even today, their spirit and mentality lives on in modern japan. (by the way, if you are interested in samurai culture, you have to watch shinsengumi. it is amazing.)
this was the final project of our fall semester and one that i am quite proud of. i did not want to take the samurai theme too literally, but rather, explored into aspects of the samurai costume, as well as japanese dress and kimonos.
my teacher last semester was big on basics, so i thought i’d better add in some basic pants and skirts to go with the collection. i’m pleased with the outcome of it though! i think it helped balance the overall look. my favorite pieces are the coat on the 1st girl, the chunky hand-knit on the 2nd, the skirt on the 3rd, the shirt on the 6th girl and the jacket on the last!
looking back, i think i really stepped it up with this collection. my drawing had definitely improved and it was such a relief and joy to end the semester, a very, very tiring semester, with a piece of work that i was happy with.
what do you think?