Creative Design: Graduate


  • Aditi Galada (Cornell University)
  • Fatma Baytar (Cornell University)


Flora was inspired by the symbolically and culturally preeminent tree of life.  It represents the unique experiences one undergoes in their lifetime and how these experiences make individuals stronger and wiser. Making the most of these opportunities requires strength that is symbolized through the bold color and design of the jacket. The unique play of textures, colors, and design in the ensemble motivates the wearer to embrace her inner confidence. The smocking on the sleeve creates an aura of power. Life is also about love, which is conveyed through the romantic hourglass silhouette, strapless neckline, and light shades of pink. The dress helps the wearer express herself, at the same time, reminds her to enjoy every moment of her precious life. The message conveyed through the dress is further amplified using several new technologies including laser engraving, laser cutting, and 3D printing.

Keywords: Tree of life, Smocking, 3D printing, Laser cutting and engraving

How to Cite:

Galada, A. & Baytar, F., (2022) “Flora”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 79(1). doi:

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Published on
31 Dec 2022
Peer Reviewed