Creative Design: Undergraduate

Anger, Invisible Threads

  • Keanna Ecklund (University of Wisconsin - Stout)
  • Jongeun Rhee (University of Wisconsin-Stout)


The theme of the dress came from the designer’s personal experience of losing a loved one. Kübler-Ross (1969) noted that individuals went through five stages of grief when coping with bereavement: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. This Anger dress was created to provoke the emotions of sadness and anger as well as curiosity in viewers. The dress consisted of three layers: an outer velvet layer, a cotton fabric layer sewn to the velvet, and a satin lining. The bodice of the dress was boned and fully lined. Red velvet fabric was chosen as it brought a sense of chaos and drama to the dress. Multiple black 3D surface designs were juxtaposed with the deep red to express the bursting anger and agony of loss. The surface designs were repeated throughout the dress in various sizes. These aesthetic elements worked together to create visually appealing designs that connect with viewers.

Keywords: Grief, loss, anger

How to Cite:

Ecklund, K. & Rhee, J., (2022) “Anger, Invisible Threads”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 79(1). doi:

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Published on
01 Jan 2023
Peer Reviewed