Creative Design: Graduate


  • Wenjia Zong orcid logo (Cornell University)
  • Fatma Baytar (Cornell University)


The ensemble started with the concept of overload, which was anticipated to extend from transportation carriers to the current post-pandemic mental and physical well beings. During the design process, the silhouette was particularly inspired by a photograph of a Vietnamese man riding a bike with hundreds of bamboo-made fish traps, which formed a unique aesthetic balance. The purpose of this design was to advocate for awareness of overload issues in transportation safety, global resource preservation, and impulse-consuming behaviors. Multiple layers of “fish traps” were constructed with shape manipulation techniques, laser cutting, and 3D modeling techniques to symbolize the overload concept. The top and dress patterns were first sketched in 3D garment design software and simulated on a realistic avatar, then cut the fabrics and assembled by a home-sewing machine and by hand. By incorporating 3D techniques in the design process provided an efficient and sustainable creation approach.

Keywords: 3D printing, laser cutting, shape manipulation, cut & fold techniques

How to Cite:

Zong, W. & Baytar, F., (2022) “Overloaded”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 79(1). doi:

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Published on
31 Dec 2022
Peer Reviewed