FOUNDATIONS REVEALED COMPETITION ENTRY
Alice’s Adventures in Cern
Outline the story …
Entry inspired by Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.
"Curioser and Curioser, Alice cried as she delved deeper and deeper into Wonderland." (Carroll, 2018)
"Why?" is my constant question since I can remember myself.
Just like in Wonderland itself, I'm willing to find knowledge and express it through my creativity.
Alice is an ongoing source of inspiration for me, with her curiosity and quest for discovery.
As a fashion designer, I become an Alice of today, chasing white rabbits down rabbit-holes. Whenever I feel confused, I also feel determined to begin at the beginning and go on till I come to the end: then stop, as Lewis Carroll (2018) would write. It is this passion that leads me to a new awakening every time, just like Alice.
It is this quest of creative curiosity that inspired me for this outfit for the competition. Further inspiration would come from the ALICE project at Cern.
ALICE is a detector dedicated to heavy-ion physics at the LHC. Scientists are observing how the phase of quark-gluon plasma progressively gives rise to the particles that constitute the matter of our universe today.
The colours and lines of the experiments reminded me of Salvador Dali's illustrations of Alice in Wonderland, creating a more tangible image of my project.
Alice, then, became a fractal depiction of the curious 'scientist' in me.
Outline the construction…
As a fashion designer, I love creating hybrids. I designed a chemisier/ lab-coat and a corset/ trench-coat. I started with the birds-wing corset by Sparklewren, which I fitted on my model, did the appropriate changes, and then created my design. It is a strategically cut trench-coat. The chemisier has a hidden placket, oversized lab-coat pockets, and raglan sleeves. The late Victorian inspired sleeves are open on the outer side and fastened with an enlarged cuff. They are cut in a circular way to create the appropriate volume I envisioned.
The corset is a single-layer corset made out of heavy gabardine that I doubled in the center front, center back, and additional pieces to create the boning channels and structure I needed. There are 14 pieces on each side of the corset. The seams are felled seams towards the back, and each one has a spiral steel bone. In the center front and back, there are flat steel bones. Finally, there is metal underwire. Since it was my first time experimenting with it, I got lots of help from the Facebook group, especially Barbara Black. Her assistance was so valuable.
The fabric I used for the chemisier is heavy shirting. Moreover, I used shoulder pads to create a more severe outcome. I covered the shoulder pads in the same fabric. The seams are felled seams.
Finally, I dyed the fabrics. Unfortunately, the result was uneven. I designed around my dyed fabric to create a new pattern on the final garment.