a little while ago, (actually, so long ago. haha!) we did a children’s collection for one of our school projects. i’d never designed children’s clothes before so it was tough! you need to find the right fabrics that aren’t gonna be poke-y, the right sewing methods that aren’t going to interfere with their movements, i mean there really is a lot to consider!
on top of that, i had no idea how to draw kids! hahahaha.
the parameters of our project stated that it had to be based on a certain kind of traditional or ethnic crafts. so what i focused and drew inspiration on was from wayang kulit, which originates from indonesia and literally translates to “shadow puppet”. i remember seeing these long ago when i was really young. thinking back, they are actually kinda scary because they all have these mean faces. but it is really an amazing craft and involves leather cut-outs. it’s quite beautiful as an art form.
so i actually created some prints to go onto the fabrics, which is quite hard to see after i scanned in my designs.
since the collection was based an indonesian art, i also made use of a lot of the shapes and forms that i found in traditional indonesian wear, and the way that they would dress the gods in these cut-out leather pieces. there were a lot of sarongs, a lot of cuffs and gathered puffy pants and sleeves. i found some traditional silk used as sarongs, which is almost like the indonesian/malay form of plaid. then i wanted to use more plaid-ish fabrics and since they were kids, i used gingham.
the collection was called chibikko, which means “little kid” in japanese slang.
personally i quite liked this collection myself. i think a lot of the pieces can be translated to adult clothing, which is what my teacher wanted us to think about as well. just like how marc has little marc! heh heh.
most of all, i want that raincoat, yes i do.