These inventions in daily life are fun and humorous, which fascinates me a lot. The construction, design purpose, shapes, objects and use of materials are extremely fascinating and interesting to me. I will take inspiration from them and create some constructions, like hardware and machinery and apply them into the garment.
Fashion Design- Maison Margiela
Maison Margiela Fall Haute Couture 2018
In this collection, the construction of phone holder and eyewear applied on to the body create a strong visual impact. I am very excited by the weird combination of hard material, machinery structure and human body. I want to apply this idea of machinery structure and hard material into my project.
Lee Lin Chin- News Announcer
Lee Lin Chin is a news reporter. I am particularly drawn towards her interesting and fashionable outfits when she is presented to announce reports and news. It is quite different and unique to wear like this doing this kind of job. It's quite interesting how "eccentricity" is defined. The same thing applied to different people might be seen differently because of the given definition to a certain group of people. Reporters are seen to be in boring and strict suits, rather than the colourful and fashionable garments.
Fashion Design- Chromosome Residence
Chromosome Residence by Paty Abrahamsson, his designs are absolutely bizarre and exciting. He plays with fashion and aesthetics, creating weird combinations of design and use of materials. There's a lot of visual tricks applied into his designs, such as the image above. Garment can be worn in different ways, creating weird structures and concepts. The garment is seen from a certain angle, which creates a totally different, quirky and interesting effect. Perspectives, angles and ways of wearing garments are something I would like to explore further in this project.
White Chapel Gallery- Katja Novitskova
Katja Novitskova- Invasion Curves
Tenderpixel Gallery- Becoming Plants
Julia Crabtree & William Evans
Tate Modern- Joan Jonas
My New Theatre III- In the Shadow a Shadow 1999
Live- Eating Blogger
Rumour- Brando refusing to wear trousers
Although this is just a rumour, it's quite eccentric and interesting. The rumour of Brando refusing to wear trousers gave me a lot of visual ideas, exposing, nudes, transvestite and so on. I might take this idea as one of the elements in my design, imagining a big garment covering tightly the entire body with only the lower body exposed, which I think is visually impactful and interesting.
Amazing Interior- Pink House
Amazing Interior- Netflix
This house is filled with entire pink, literally everything painted in pink. The owner's obsession with pink is quite unbelievable and amazing. I found this is something very eccentric and interesting. This makes me think about the use of colour in my own project, which I believe colour would be a significant element. I'm thinking if the entire garment in the same colour would be visually effective and impactful, which is something I will need to explore and find out about.
Directed by Akira Kurosawa
One word to describe this film "Dream" is eccentric. From photography, editing, colours, sound, music, dialogue and content, they all give me a feeling of quirkiness, hard to understand and weird. Particularly the scene above, the colours and big amount of characters create strong visual impacts.
One of the most significant element of film is the narrative, which I think it would be interesting to bring narrative to the garment. I might create a story of an eccentric person, which will travel through the garment.
Image from http://yayoi-kusama.jp/e/information/
Yayoi Kusama's famous element of dots, which endlessly showing in all her works. The maxmalism and repetition inspired me, which I think they create strong impact to the audiences. I'm thinking about taking one element from my project and make the most out of it, repeating it, using it in different medias, 3d form, textiles, fabrics, prints, sculptures etc.
Novel- Paradaise Lost
Shileyuan (Paradise Lost) 2005
Author: Junichi Watanabe
This novel talks about the very extreme love between two married men and women. They wanted their love between each other never fade and forever stay at the highest peak, in order to achieve this, they commited to suicide together when having sex.
I am amazed by their extreme relationship, which they are both unbelievably obsessed with each other. This is eccentric, making me think of explore with the eccentric parts of psychology and relationship between people.
Fashion Design- Sinéad O'Dwyer
Sinéad O'Dwyer RCA Graduate Collection 2018
The casting of body creates an interesting combination with fabrics and human body. The slightly transparency create a rich texture in the design. Casting is a technique I am very interested in that I would like to try in this project. It's interesting to recreate an existing object in another tone, texture and material.
Fashion Design- Comme des Garçons
Comme des Garçons Homme Plus Spring 2019 Menswear
This latest collection by Comme des Garçons, the use of bright colours and textures play very important roles in this collection creating some visually attractive and impactful effects. The gathering textures makes the whole look richer and also creates the shape and form in the garment. In this project, I will play with texture, textiles and materials first, then apply them onto the body to create forms and shapes.
Interesting shapes of construction.
Weird combination of hardware and human form, futuristic elements.
Texture of latex sticking and holding onto human body.
David Brandon Geeting
David Brandon Geeting
David Brandon Geeting's photography gives me a lot of idea about prints, texture, pattern and colours. I love the richness of colour and textures going on in his work, which is something i will experiment in my project, using multi media, such as latex, silicon, wax, plaster, resin and so on.
Fashion Design- Matteo Carlomusto
Matteo Carlomusto 2018
Interesting shape going all the way from the head to the ground.
Choice of material
Tenderpixel Gallery- Becoming Plants
The Anthropophagous Stage by Paloma Proudfoot
ASMR- Eating Sound
Interview- Eccentric Habits and Hobbies
I did interview with people about their eccentric habits and hobbies as I believe almost everyone has got some personal weird habits that they don't realise. I interviewed them and asked different questions to give them some hints. I ended up to get some interesting answers. One person said "milk and tea before or after masturbating to keep calm", which is something very personal. And I also find it quite interesting. It gives me some visual ideas straight away. Inspired by the book of "Gadget Nation", weird constructions and combination can be applied to this person's eccentric habit. Milk and tea, hands and penis are the three things that involve in this eccentric activity, creating a structure with these three things is quite interesting. They are things that don't relate to each other, which would be fun and humorous to create some connections between them.
Amazing Interior- House for 22 Cats
Amazing Interior- Netflix
This man purposely designed an entire house for his 22 cats, which is absolutely eccentric. The constructions of tunnels, stairs and all details are all considered thoughtfully for his cats. The cats can travel from the bottom of the house to the top in literally 3 seconds. I found this quite unique, which I think the constructions can be interesting elements taken into my design.
Book- Gadget Nation- A Journey Through The Eccentric World of Invention
Gadget Nation- A Journey Through The Eccentric World of Invention
Authur: Collins M.
This book includes a large collection of all sorts of inventions designed for solving small daily issues. They are absolutely fun and humorous. The design purposes are solving very small daily inconveniences and problems. A lot of the construction, design purpose, shapes, colours are extremely fascinating and interesting to me. By reading this book, there are a lot of elements I can take from. I think the thinking of these inventors might influence the way my project forms.
Film- Max Mon Amour
Max, Mon Amour
Directed by Nagisa Ôshima
Grayson Perry's obsession with colourful and blooming dresses and outfits, they look absolutely fascinating to me. I like the playfulness, high saturated colour contrasts and funny patterns. This is mad.
I want to develop colourful print designs for my garment, referencing and influencing from my research of eccentricity list. I'm planning to have print as a significant part in this project.