Direct insect inspiration for each look
This look has a unique feature with its sleeves. Since the fabric was thick like an insect's exoskeleton, it was folded like origami and riveted together in order for the joints to bend. This idea was form after researching the bodies of insects and how they functioned (ex. below)
The use of the zipper in this collection is used to emulate the 'molting' of insects (ex. below)
Sleeves and pants have a zipper that can change the appearance of the garment just as an insect can molt to change their form as well
This one piece look was inspired by the various flower mantis species (ex.below) It's body is shaped as a flower to camouflage itself to it's environment.
I achieved this look by cutting out aspects of the vibrant colored nature collages on my textile, and sewed and shaped them together to create a organic look.
The back has panels that are put together to create the 'flower camouflage' look
This look was inspired by the leg shape of the Frog leg beetle (ex. below)
I wanted to capture the curves of the legs onto the garment, giving it the sharp and elegant form
The Phylliidae, the leaf insects, inspired this look. For this particular look, I have prepared and made a large leaf textile I could apply for this garment. The leaf is split into four segments for mobility just like the insect's joints.
This three piece look was inspired by the cycles of the butterfly.
The red dress represents the first stage of the insect, the caterpillar. Then the cocoon silk is abstractly represented by the fringed dress. And when the bolero is worn, a colorful butterfly is born (ex. below)
This look was inspired by the shape of the insect. Particularly the angular shape of the legs. (ex. below) This angle is displayed by the skirt's six panels corresponding to the amount of legs a insect has as well. The flaps open for easy movement, and give it a different flow as well