sarah french custom costuming

Pour Renover La TraditionPour Renover La Tradition

My University of Minnesota Senior clothing line was titled Pour Rénover la Tradition. This, in French, means “to renovate tradition”. I was experimenting with the design differences between gender specific garments. Could gender-specific garments be exchanged without the wearers cross-dressing? Could men wear skirts and still be masculine? Could women wear pants and still be feminine? Could these two ideas exist together and be equal? I pulled design elements specific to men’s and women’s clothing and transposed them onto a different garment form. For example, men retained their darker color palette and heavier, crisp fabrics. Women kept the softer, richer fabrics and a more vivid color palette. I also used elements of 17th century court dress to pull the garments out of contemporary stereotypes and help the viewer deconstruct old ideas.

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