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The Symbol of the «Red Thread» as a Source For Creating a Fashion Collection

Student: Daria Balnykova

Supervisor: Tatiana Rivchun

Faculty: Faculty of Communications, Media, and Design

Educational Programme: Fashion (Bachelor)

Final Grade: 9

Year of Graduation: 2021

Fashion doesn’t exist by itself, isolated from society’s needs. Since ancient times, clothing has served not only to get warm, but also to help people interact with each other. A person, through clothing, builds social connections, illustrates roles, and encourages to communicate. Items of clothing act as signs and messages based on historical experience and social attitudes. Historically, people produced clothing based on the traditions of their place of residence and their own families. Often, the ornaments and forms of the national costume included sacred symbols and messages that allow to determine the kinship or person’s status. Since people withdrew from wearing the national costume, the role of such communication was taken by fashion. Fashion began to interpret and rethink the elements of tradition and transfer them to modernity. There are many examples of the use of national and sacral elements of national costume in fashion. Among them are the tartan, the traditional fabric of the Scottish clans; kimono, a piece of national clothing and now the shape of the sleeve; patchwork, a traditional technique of sewing from scraps of fabric; Tai Dai is a technique for dyeing fabric, where the material was tied in a tight knot of a particular form and then paint was applied. Another amazing element is the red thread, which historically serves as a symbol of connection and a charm. That’s why the red thread is an embodiment of the idea of family, social and spiritual connection, unity of blood, the search of one’s path. This project aims to create a fashion collection of clothing-amulet where elements of red thread act as a charm: embroidery, weaving, knots, and fabric dyeing with red pigment. To reflect the involvement with family using family photo archives, project designer's family members' artistic works. The social focus of the project lies in creating one fabric for this collection by people of different gender and age to symbolize the unification of these previously not connected people into one family. This diploma project consists of a clothing collection containing seven final looks made of exclusively created fabric and styles, that correlate with the project’s concept.

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