As a designer, my life experiences have influenced my design practice. Over the past decade I have moved from one culture to another and lived through cultural and language adaptations. These transitions have interested me in the issue of transience and how it relates to the role of identity, belonging, and living in a society of global and technological developments. For the past few years I have been working with the idea of fabrics merged with architecture and exploring concerns in relation to the body, memory, temporal, mobility and most recently the environment. This thesis project evolves around the idea of clothing as portable body shelter in `you never know WEAR?' situations of local and global emergencies. Keeping in mind that our lives have become multi-dimensional and multi-demanding, this work attempts to touch upon global uncertainties and the relation between shelter and everyday life. Transformations brings our individual needs to the basic, everyday experience of survival and consists of five prototypes: A dress, a skirt, shorts, a vest and finally a one man tent all via one simple pattern.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Fashion design; Emergency clothing supply; Emergency housing--Design and construction

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Department, Program, or Center

School of Design (CIAS)


Bitterman, Alex

Advisor/Committee Member

Middleton, William


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