sample set 3 – lee chu

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sewing sample 5 – lee chu

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finally fitted the high waist — pretty successful

need to refine the backside, as there is bunching underneath the bottom and also around the back thigh

next is to add side seam pockets and slight flaring at the bottom

revised 1/4 blocks and full scale bodice and sleeve – lee

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sneakers, basketball, and hip hop

Hip Hop fashion and culture has always evolved alongside basketball. One of the earliest roots of modern hip hop culture is basketball shoes, originating with the Chuck Taylor’s. The advancement of basketball players and the sport led to more engineered footwear like Adidas’ Superstars and Puma’s brightly-colored suede shoes. Naturally, the popularity of basketball caused its shoes to become immensely popular casual shoes, especially in New York. This led to these shoes being identified with hip hop.

Walt Frazier (New York Knicks) in Puma, Wilt Chamberlain (Los Angeles Lakers) in Converse, and Jim McMillian (Lakers) in Adidas, NBA Finals 1973.

Hip Hop was created around the 1970s by teenagers from largely African American, Caribbean, and Puerto Rican backgrounds. It was formed around rap music, breakdancing, and graffiti art. Hip Hop continued to grow along with basketball, as black players also provided models of African American success. As hip hop became more engrained in American culture, many other artists from the art and film worlds were attracted to its creative energy.

Boys in Puma, Pro-Keds, and Converse in the South Bronx, New York, 1977.

It is interesting how shoes popular even today are so deeply rooted in American culture and fashion, such as converse, adidas, puma, and nike. It is even more fascinating that these shoes’ origins are tied to basketball and its growth in American history.


garment inspiration – lee chu

Issey Miyake 2014
Parsons MFA Spring 2016

I find color blocking and translucency to be intriguing in fashion and everyday wear. As fashion continues to evolve and change, one thing that remains mostly constant is color variety and material choice. Since styles become outdated and overused quite quickly, more innovative means of altering our perception of color and texture can be explored.

Featured at the top of the images, Issey Miyake’s luminous jacket leverages both color blocking and layering of translucent materials to not only create hierarchy in an otherwise regular silhouette, but also provide utility and perhaps ventilation. I also enjoy the deconstructed morphed sweater from the Parsons ready-to-wear collection, as it stretches the boundaries of what defines a sweater and dress. In this case, the permeability of the dress changes at different elevations, this time more for an aesthetic. I hope to be able to explore why and what translucency can be used for in more everyday use.